|Lakers Owner Dr. Jerry Buss Passes Away|
Sad news for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Buss family earlier today as it was announced that the patriarch of the family, Dr. Jerry Buss had passed away at the age of 80. Buss was considered one of the best owners in sports, and tributes poured in from both current and former players.
Buss orginally purchased the team in 1979 and won 10 NBA titles since then. He had been battling cancer for the past 18-months.
Buss died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Bob Steiner, his assistant.
Buss had been hospitalized for most of the past 18 months while undergoing cancer treatment, but the immediate cause of death was kidney failure, Steiner said. With his condition apparently worsening in recent weeks, several prominent former Lakers visited Buss to say goodbye.
"The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come," NBA commissioner David Stern said. "More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend."
Under Buss' leadership since 1979, the Lakers became Southern California's most beloved sports franchise and a worldwide extension of Hollywood glamour.
"He was a visionary, he was a trailblazer," Magic Johnson said during an interview on "SportsCenter" on Monday afternoon. "He did things that were, at that time, people thought wasn't cool, wasn't proper. He was a man who walked the walk and talked the talk. He produced championships, because he was the most competitive owner you could ever meet in your life."
|Last Updated ( Monday, 18 February 2013 21:57 )|