Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Passes Away at 80!
“Our drive to be successful was there,” Bryant said in an interview with 710 ESPN Radio in Los Angeles. “Championship or bust — that starts with Dr. Buss.”
“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.”
“We not only have lost our cherished father, but a beloved man of our community and a person respected by the world basketball community,” the Buss family said in a statement issued by the Lakers.
“It was our father’s often-stated desire and expectation that the Lakers remain in the Buss family. The Lakers have been our lives as well, and we will honor his wish and do everything in our power to continue his unparalleled legacy.” The Buss family owns about 65% of the Lakers.
“The future of the organization will remain unchanged,” Lakers spokesman John Black said Monday during a news conference. “Dr. Buss set it up years in advance — he planned for the team to remain with the family.
“For the past several years, Jim Buss has been running the basketball operations and working in conjunction with our general manager Mitch Kupchak, and that will continue. Jeanie Buss has been running the business operations for 15 years, and that will continue. As far as the operation and running of the team, that will be unchanged.”
“RIP Jerry Buss. Your encouragement and support along with your stories of staying true to yourself had an enormous impact on me,” tweeted Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
“Dr. Jerry Buss was a cornerstone of the Los Angeles sports community and his name will always be synonymous with his beloved Lakers,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “It was through his stewardship that the Lakers brought ‘Showtime’ basketball and numerous championship rings to this great city. Today we mourn the loss and celebrate the life of a man who helped shape the modern landscape of sports in L.A.” – espn
“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.”
“Condolences to the Buss family,” tweeted James Worthy, the Lakers’ Hall of Fame forward. “Dr Buss was not only the greatest sports owner, but a true friend & just a really cool guy. Loved him dearly.” – espn
LA Lakers’ owner from 1979 to present day, Hollywood Dr. Jerry Buss passed away on Monday from cancer related kidney failure on Monday. He championed the LA Lakers to 10 chips spanning from the Showtime era in the 1980’s to the modern-day Kobe era! Buss passed away at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being hospitalized for 18 months undergoing cancer treatment. He helped bring the Lakers to a global market spilling Hollywood glamour onto the court. He brought up a lot of prominent players in his 34-year tenure including: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, and Dwight Howard. Interestingly enuff, Buss earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at age 24 (Dr. Jerry Buss) and had careers in aerospace and real estate development before getting into sports. Our condolescences go out to the family and friends of Jerry Buss, the charasmatic Hollywood owner of the Showtime LA Lakers! R.I.P.
Always an innovative businessman, Buss paid for the Lakers through both their wild success and his own groundbreaking moves to raise revenue. He co-founded a basic-cable sports television network and sold the naming rights to the Forum at times when both now-standard strategies were unusual, further justifying his induction to the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 – espn.