Lakers owner Dr Jerry Buss passes
The basketball world lost a legend today as the Lakers organization mourns the lost of their owner Dr. Jerry Buss. Jerry Buss had been admitted to Cedars Senai hospital in Los Angeles where he had been hospitalized for the past 18 months and was undergoing cancer treatment. However, the Lakers owner died of kidney failure early this morning.
Now, the city of Los Angeles and Laker nation mourns the loss of the man who brought ten NBA titles to the city of Los Angeles. His presence at Staples Center and in the NBA will be greatly missed. For Dr. Buss was and is a well respected man around the basketball world.
“The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come. More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend,” NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement.
“He was a visionary, he was a trailblazer. 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,” Lakers Legend Magic Johnson said this afternoon on Sports Center.
Currently the Lakers are being run by Jim Buss and Jeanie Buss, two of Dr. Jerry Buss six children.
The Lakers organization released this statement; “We not only have lost our cherished father, but a beloved man of our community and a person respected by the world basketball community. 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.”
-Kelly J Newson