Mike Bresnahan of LA Times tweeted that long-time Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss has died at a href=”https://twitter.com/ramonashelburne/status/303551178321584128″ target=”_blank”>the age of 80.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss passed away this morning. A sad day for L.A.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) February 18, 2013
Jerry is known as one of the greatest owners in NBA history, winning 10 NBA titles and being inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2010. Mark Heisler of the LA Times gathered a quote from David Stern on Mr. Buss.
Jerry Buss helped set the league on the course it is on today,” NBA Commissioner David Sternsaid. “Remember, he showed us it was about ‘Showtime,’ the notion that an arena can become the focal point for not just basketball, but entertainment. He made it the place to see and be seen.”
Buss has been out of the public eye the past few seasons, as he was battling a cancer that has remained undisclosed. Since then, his children have taken their respective roles within the franchise to supplant him.
From all of us here at Laker Nation, Rest in peace, Dr. Jerry Buss. You will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.