February 19, 2013 4:02 PM by Smash
Yesterday, Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed away at the age of 80. It was a big loss for the NBA and the entire world of sports.
Buss was essentially the George Steinbrenner of the NBA. He didn’t come into money but with hard work, he took his education and a $1,000 investment and propelled that into purchasing the Lakers and The Forum (along with many other purchases).
Under his ownership, Buss sparked one of the best rivalries in sports in the Celtics Lakers and during his time as owner, saw the Lakers bring 10 championships to Los Angeles. Not only did Buss play a role in putting rings on the fingers of the Lakers, but bring a charm to L.A. Laker games became a spot for celebrities and a worldwide brand.
Truly one of the best owners in all of sports. Dr. Buss you are my guy and you will be missed. Rest easy.