Lakers News and Rumors Recap: Jerry Buss Passes Away

JerryBuss1985Jerry Buss passed away early this morning and the entire NBA has felt the affect. After it was announced late last week that the Lakers’ owner was in the hospital dealing with cancer, he passed away at about 5am at Cedars Sinai Hospital. Buss’ health only got progressively worse since his surgery this past summer, which was assumed to be cancer related. He was 80 years old.

Jerry Buss had been the owner of the Lakers for 34 years since 1979 and during his ownership, the Lakers made it to 16 NBA Finals and won 10 NBA championships. That essentially works out to going to the NBA finals every other year. Remarkable.  He’s considered one of the most successful owners in sports.

Kobe Bryant has been struggling with the decline of the beloved Lakers owner. When asked what the one thing he would take away from Dr. Buss was, Bryant responded:

“I was trying to encourage him to come down for the opening game (earlier this year). He would never come down to the court. I said, ‘Come down to the court and let these people of L.A. give you the love you deserve. Let them, just one time, give you a standing ovation for everything that you’ve done.’ And then he said, ‘Normally, I wouldn’t do that but, you know, I actually would like to do that.’ That’ll be the one thing I’ll take from him.”

If the current team takes anything away from this loss, it is to look at the rest of the season with the same vision Buss had for the franchise for so many years. Jerry should serve as an immediate inspiration to the team. Without motivation, the Lakers’ championship prospects look bleak and in reality, the players owe Buss better than this.

To see Lakers Nation’s photo compilation of one of the greatest owners of all time, Jerry Buss, click here.

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Kobe Bryant Agrees with Michael Jordan: Titles Are the True Measure [Lakers Now]

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Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Changed the Very Image of NBA [ProBasketballTalk]

Kobe Bryant Focuses on Present, Not Dwight Howard’s Lakers Future [L.A. Times]

From Bread Line to Lakers Owner, Jerry Buss Left a Lasting Impact on the NBA [Yahoo Sports]

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TNT Analyst Kenny Smith Faults Lakers’ Woes on Players [Inside the Lakers]

Current Lakers Owe Better Than This to Brilliant Owner Jerry Buss [L.A. Times]

Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Dies [OC Register]

Jerry Buss: It was cool to have known the man and producer of ‘Showtime’ [ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION]

Kobe Bryant’s Stuffing of LeBron James Gives Rare All-Star Game Heat [Yahoo! Sports]

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To Magic Johnson, Jerry Buss was Friend, Mentor and ‘Second Father’ [LA Times]

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Jerry Buss: The Ringmaker [GQ]

Lakers Expected to Remain a Buss Family-Owned Team [LA Times]

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2013 NBA All-Star Game Scorecard — Slam Dunk Contest [ESPN]

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Clipper’s Paul is Key in West’s All-Star Triumph [OC Register]

Paul is First Clippers Player to Win All-Star MVP [Yahoo! Sports]

Rockets Owner Says He’ll Extend GM Daryl Morey’s Contract [PBT]

Chris Paul Wins NBA All Star MVP as West Wins 143-138 [Clips Nation]

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