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Posted February 18, 2013 - 05:33 PM

Former Lakers Pay Their Respects To Dr. Buss

Tracy Murray ‏@RealTracyMurray

We met when I was 19. He was always good 2 my family. It was an honor 2 play 4 him. A class act, GREAT owner & GREAT person. #RIPDrJerryBuss


James Worthy ‏@James_Worthy42

Condolences to the Buss family. Dr Buss was not only the greatest sports owner, but a true friend & just a really cool guy. Loved him dearly


Cedric Ceballos ‏@cedceballos

Great friend, Boss and winner Dr. Jerry Buss iWill miss u, rest now....thanks 4 all u have done 4 me n my family.


A.C. Green ‏@NBA_Ironman

What a visionary. What a leader. What a friend. Rest in peace Dr. Buss. #Lakers


nick vanexel ‏@vanexel31

Rest in peace to the gr8est owner in all of sports. Dr.Jerry Buss. #NBA


Mitch Richmond ‏@mitchrichmond23

I only had a chance to play for Mr. Buss for one year but met him years before that, and he was always 1st Class. LA has lost a Game Changer


Mitch Richmond ‏@mitchrichmond23

when a person of influence pass away we all need to take time out to give thanks to the man upstairs for giving us the life we have.


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Dennis Rodman ‏@dennisrodman

My thoughts and prayers are with the Buss family. Dr. Jerry Buss was like a Dad to me and is a tremendous loss to @Lakers fam. @JeanieBuss


Matt Barnes ‏@Matt_Barnes22

Thoughts & prayers go out 2 the Buss family over the loss of Mr Jerry Buss. A try pioneer in professional sports, he set the standard for running a franchise.. He will truly be missed


Gary Payton ‏@GaryPayton_20

Thoughts and prayers to Jerry Buss's family & friends….great man, great leader, born winner


Joe Smith ‏@JoeBeast95

Just wanna take a minute 2 send my condolences 2 the #BussFamily & the @Lakers 4 the loss of #JerryBuss #R.I.P. #Yessiirr...


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Posted February 18, 2013 - 05:41 PM


I'm deeply saddened over da loss of the great Dr. Jerry Buss. He was a dear friend, mentor,and brilliant business mind thank u 4 8 gr8 yrs


Earvin Magic Johnson ‏@MagicJohnson

My thoughts and prayers are with the family & friends of Dr. Jerry Buss. He was a great man and an incredible friend.


Kareem Rush ‏@KareemRush



Farewell to Dr. Jerry Buss

Posted by Mark Madsen on 18/02/2013

I was sitting here in the Stanford Mens basketball office preparing for a coaches meeting when our Video Coordinator shared with me the news: Dr. Jerry Buss had just died of cancer in Los Angeles.

I had the great privilege of playing for Dr. Buss’ Lakers team from 2001-2003 and cannot say enough about the first class nature of the organization or of the loyalty of Dr. Buss. I will never forget after I had a major wrist surgery after my first year in Los Angeles Jerry Buss called me the next day on the phone. Jerry had a great way with people. He called to wish me a speedy recovery and then said, “At first I thought you had the surgery in June so you could get out of playing in the summer league.” We both laughed. I could barely catch or pass the ball with my left hand that first season. And in the triangle offense Phil Jackson literally had us practice left handed passes throughout the year in order to run the offense properly. But Dr. Buss’ comment did two things. It made me laugh (which I needed the day after surgery) and it made me also realize that he did care very much about role players competing in the summer league at Long Beach State. (Which I did the next year). He built his teams around superstars, but he cared about every single person on the team all the way down to the last man.

Another memory of Dr. Buss happened during the playoffs of my first year in LA. Rick Fox always planned a dinner together with the team at a happening location in the greater Los Angeles area which nearly almost had perfect attendance of the team. One time Rick planned a get together and an evening out in the Hollywood Area. I think I arrived at about 9pm and walked in and one of the first people I saw was Dr. Buss. He was there with a group of his friends enjoying the evening and I felt nervous because typically the dinners/evening were more of a players only event. I didn’t really know what to say to our owner. He just broke the ice and called me over, introduced me to his friends and made me feel 100% comfortable despite him being the owner of the World championship team.

The thing that sticks out to me most is the loyalty of Dr. Buss. Of all the organizations I’ve ever been part of whether a professional team, or any other entity, I have never seen more loyalty than with the Lakers. While Dr. Buss was owner, there were countless people who had been with the team for 25 years or more. From Bill Bertka (longtime coach), to Gary Vitti (Head Trainer), to our equipment manager Rudy Garciduenas, Jerry Buss had the philosophy, “If someone is doing a good job I am going to stick with them.” In an era when consultants (often rightfully so), need to come in and “clean house,” Jerry Buss showed us that there are other ways to do business that can also yield amazing results.

I just read the LA Times article talking about how Jerry Buss built the Lakers, his family life, and his career. I am grateful for the opportunity that he gave me and for the 3 great years with the Lakers. I wish all the best to the entire Buss Family during this difficult time.


Pat Riley on Jerry Buss: “A True Giant”

Pat Riley released a statement through the Heat.

“Today, in the world of sports, we have lost a true giant. Jerry Buss was more than just an owner. He was one of the great innovators that any sport has ever encountered. He was a true visionary and it was obvious with the Lakers in the 80’s that ‘Showtime’ was more than just Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was really the vision of a man who saw something that connected with a community. I was privileged to be part of that for 10 years and even more grateful for the friendship that has lasted all these many years. I have always come to realize that if it weren’t for Dr. Buss, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I owe my start in professional coaching to him, and I will always hold him and his memory in the highest of regards. Chris and I truly love Jerry Buss. He was a great friend and will be missed.”


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ‏@kaj33

My condolences to the Buss family for their loss. Visit https://www.facebook.com/kaj for my full thoughts @Lakers @LakersNation #Lakers


DerekFisher ‏@derekfisher

Today the world lost a visionary and one of the most successful sports figures of all time. But today I lost a friend and mentor.


DerekFisher ‏@derekfisher

He forever changed my life. May he rest in peace and my prayers are with his family that he loved so much. #RIPDrBuss


Sasha Vujacic ‏@SashaVujacic

Today we lost a very special man the legendary, Dr. Jerry Buss. I am thankful to have had the chance to meet him and will always remember him as the best owner any team could ask for. I am saddened to learn the news of his passing-he left us much too soon. My prayers go out to his family and I pray that he may rest in peace. He will live on forever in my heart.


Joe Smith ‏@JoeBeast95

Growing up a @Lakers fan & knowing the talent they had every year, 2 being drafted & seeing the business side. #DrBussAWinner #Yessiirr...


Edited by LALakersFan4Life, February 18, 2013 - 05:51 PM.

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Posted February 18, 2013 - 05:45 PM

Michael Lee ‏@MrMichaelLee

Former Laker Trevor Ariza on the passing of Jerry Buss: "It hurts. It hurts bad that a legend like that is gone." #wizards


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Posted February 18, 2013 - 05:58 PM

Non-Lakers Pay Their Respects To Dr. Jerry Buss

LeBron James ‏@KingJames

#RIP Jerry Buss.


Kevin Durant ‏@KDTrey5

RIP to the legend Jerry Buss


Mark Jackson ‏@JacksonMark13

Thoughts and Prayers to the family, friends, and fans of Dr Buss! Basketball has lost a giant! God Bless


Isiah Thomas ‏@iamisiahthomas

R.I.P Dr. Buss you were a giant in the industry, and was always there to help and give advice. Your kindness and spirit will be missed!


Carlos Boozer ‏@MisterCBooz

Prayers Go Out To The Buss Family... RIP Dr. Buss...


Kevin Love ‏@kevinlove

Huge loss for the @nba and the basketball world. RIP Jerry Buss.


Mario Chalmers ‏@mchalmers15

RIP Jerry Buss.


Daniel Gibson Sr. ‏@BooBysWorld1

R I P Dr. Buss.. The NBA lost a true pioneer. God Bless his family & friends & Fans. #Showtime


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Posted February 18, 2013 - 05:58 PM

Roger Mason Jr ‏@MoneyMase

Sad day, RIP Dr. Buss. Prayers go out to the Buss Family! God Bless


Taj Gibson ‏@TajGibson22

R.I.P. Jerry Buss”


Nick Young ‏@NickSwagyPYoung

RIP Dr. The Legend Jerry Buss, one of the reason growing up in a LA was great, what you did for the Lakers & the NBA Is legendary.


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Mark Cuban ‏@mcuban

RIP Jerry Buss. Your encouragement and support along with your stories of staying true to yourself had an enormous impact on me.


Craig Smith ‏@Csmeezy1

RIP Jerry Buss


Marshon S. Brooks ‏@Marshon2

Rest in Peace Jerry Buss


Anthony Tolliver ‏@ATolliver44

Wow just heard that Jerry Buss died. Prayers go out to the Buss family.


Landry Fields ‏@landryfields

Wow.. Prayers go out to the Buss family!


Eric Gordon ‏@TheofficialEG10

R.I.P Jerry Buss


Deron Williams ‏@DeronWilliams

RIP Jerry Buss prayers go out to his family and loved ones


Mo Williams ‏@mowilliams

R.I.P Jerry Buss


Zach Randolph ‏@MacBo50

RIP Dr. Jerry Buss. Your impact on the game won't be forgotten . Your presence will be missed. May ur legacy continue on..Praying for ur fam


Quentin Richardson ‏@QRich

RIP Dr. Buss. Prayers up for friends and family.


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Posted February 18, 2013 - 06:04 PM

Jerry West Felt "Blessed" To Work For Jerry Buss

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Posted on February 18, 2013 by Mark Medina

Below is a statement former Lakers general manager Jerry West released through the Golden State Warriors on the passing of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. West currently works on Golden State’s executive board.

“This is an extremely sad day for me<" West said in the statement. "As I have said many times, I have been blessed to work for Jerry Buss, the most successful owner in basketball history. His incredible commitment and desire to build a championship-caliber team that could sustain success over a long period of time has been unmatched. With all of his achievements, Jerry was without a doubt one of the most humble men I’ve ever been around. His vision was second to none; he wanted an NBA franchise brand that represented the very best and went to every extreme to accomplish his goals. His achievements as an owner are legendary and will never be duplicated: 10 NBA titles and 16 trips to the NBA Finals. Jerry was an innovator in the sports world and many sports franchises have tried to follow his recipe for success and his vision of making NBA basketball as much about sports as entertainment.

“Our relationship has always been very unique; Jerry was always supportive of the many tough decisions that were made during our time together. I will particularly remember fondly our walks together during training camps, which were some of the highlights of my time working with him and the Lakers."

“I was blessed to have the opportunity to work for him and I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Buss family and the Lakers organization. We lost a great man today and a legend in our business.”


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Posted February 18, 2013 - 06:09 PM

Oscar Robertson Talks Jerry Buss

Mike Trudell ‏@LakersReporter

Oscar Robertson: "(Dr. Buss) understood what it took to put together a winning basketball team & he was very creative, & in many ways...


Mike Trudell ‏@LakersReporter

(Big O cont'd)... far ahead of his time, in doing that. He leaves a large void in pro basketball & for that matter all pro sports...


Mike Trudell ‏@LakersReporter

Oscar Robertson on Dr. Buss final: "The NBA is forever in his debt."


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Posted February 18, 2013 - 06:19 PM

damn rip to the legend himself
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Posted February 18, 2013 - 11:56 PM

Dwight Howard

I want to share my condolences with the Buss Family as well as my teammates and the Laker family. I had the privilege to meet Dr. Buss when I joined the team. He was an extraordinary man who has left an impact on the sports world. His legacy will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Dr. Buss.

"Bryant had come to rage against the idea that Howard's clownish disposition could overtake the locker room, the Lakers' culture, and had warned Howard that he would never, ever let it happen." 

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 06:02 AM

Very nice of the Sports community to reach out to the Buss family.

I do wish, however, that these sports figures displayed proper etiquette when expressing their thoughts. Ex: Shaq. These sports figures are role models to our youth. By them expressing their thoughts in a very casual fashion, it can make the young and followers think that it is OK to write or display their condolences or thoughts, during these difficult times situations, in such an inappropriate manner. At least, they are setting the tone by showing unity and setting aside differences, which is good.

Edited by Mastas, February 19, 2013 - 06:03 AM.

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 12:27 PM

wonderful sentiments from the NBA family. It's great to see that Dr. Buss wasn't just an owner and a business man. He was a fan and a simple dude that loved the game and the sport of basketball.

I have been watching the lakers since 1980 and I can say that Dr. Buss has done so much for the NBA and the Lakers organization.
It hurts me to see him go.
The Lakers FO knows more than you. Sorry.

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