Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Farewell Dr. Jerry Buss

by Leroy Douresseaux

I've probably forced on you, dear readers, that I am a huge fan of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).  Lakers' owner, Dr. Jerry Buss, died on Monday, February 18, 2013, after a bout with cancer.  He was 80 years old.

He was born Gerald Hatten Buss on January 27, 1933.  Learn more of his rags-to riches story at this Yahoo Sports article while it is still up.  He was Dr. Buss because he had a Ph.D in physical chemistry.  He made his money in real estate, which is how he got the Lakers.  The team was part of a sports franchise and real estate deal for a total of $67.5, and only $16 million of that amount was for the Lakers... in 1979!  The Lakers won 10 NBA Championships with Buss as the owner, reportedly the most NBA titles won by any owner.

Current NBA commissioner David Stern released a statement on Dr. Buss' passing: "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. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."

Here, is the Lakers' statement on Dr. Buss' passing.  I want to offer my condolences to Dr. Buss' family and the Lakers.  Rest in peace, Dr. Buss.

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