Sad news in the basketball world, Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss has died at age 80. The LA Times reports:
Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Lakers whose penchant for showmanship helped turn the game of basketball into “Showtime” and who led the team to 10 NBA championships, died Monday. He was 80. A self-made millionaire who built his fortune in real estate, Buss bought the Lakers in 1979. He charted his successful course with marquee players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, Hall of Fame coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, celebrities sitting courtside and Laker Girls dancing during timeouts.”I really tried to create a Laker image, a distinct identity,” Buss said. “I mean, the Lakers are pretty damn Hollywood.” FULL STORY FROM LA TIMES.
This is indeed a sad day for Lakers fans and basketball fans in general. Buss had been hospitalized for months with cancer. Now he can finally be at rest. My prayers go out to the family and friends of Jerry Buss. RIP