As Laker fans, we are spoiled to have our favorite team be ran by an owner as incredible as Dr. Jerry Buss. He may not have the youth and personality of Mark Cuban or Mikhail Prokhorov, but he holds down the job better than most of America’s professional sport club owners.
When Buss purchased the franchise from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979, it was the beginning of a special era. Buss introduced the sports world to “Showtime” in the 80’s, as the Lake Show won five titles from 1980 to 1988. Although the team experienced quite a dry spell in the 90’s, they made up for it in the 00’s, as the Lakers had five championship teams between 2000 and 2010. Buss continues to display a commitment to winning and a willingness to spend the money to always keep the team in contention. He has proven that when an owner is the team’s biggest fan, anything is possible.
As a long time Laker fan that appreciates everything Buss does for this franchise and its fans, it’s sad to think that he won’t be the owner forever. Luckily, he has been keeping his children closely in the fold for years, and the Buss family will continue staying committed to putting a winning team on the floor. When Dr. Buss purchased this franchise so many years ago, it was one of the best moves possible for this franchise. He doesn’t treat it as a side job as some owners do, he displays a dedication to putting together a fantastic team for the world to watch
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