Lakers News and Rumors Recap: Staying a Buss Organization

buss-kupchakThe Los Angeles Lakers are still feeling the affect of the loss of Jerry Buss. It has only been one day since the sports mogul passed away, and speculation has begun on how the team will be run from here on out.

Many are skeptical on how the Buss children will be at running the Lakers franchise, one that owes much of its success to Jerry. But the Buss camp has come out to say that ownership intends to stay within the family. The six children want to keep the Lakers under the Buss name and will not be putting the team on the market. Jeanie, Johnny and Jim Buss, the three children most usually in the Lakers limelight, manage the trust of the six children which currently owns the team.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar was integral in bringing five championships to the Los Angeles Lakers. Abdul-Jabbar released a statement regarding Buss’ death:

When someone as celebrated and charismatic was Jerry Buss dies, we are reminded of two things. First, just how much one person with vision and strength of will can accomplish. Second, how fragile each of us is, regardless of how powerful we were. Those two things combine to inspire us to reach for the stars, but also to remain with our feet firmly on the ground among our loved ones. Dr. Buss embodied that compassionate entrepreneurial spirit. He strove to reach greater heights without forgetting his community roots. During his stewardship, the Lakers exemplified his personal standards of excellence and became one of the dominant teams in the NBA and a force of good within the community. The man may be gone, but he has made us all better people for knowing him.  — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Buss’ memorial service will be held at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. to honor one of Los Angeles’ biggest icons. This service is for invited guests only and will not be open to the public. Click here for the press release with all the details and to see if you qualify to attend.

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Lakers News

NBA Trade Deadline: The Dwight Howard Conundrum [Silver Screen and Roll]

NBA Rumor: Possible Dwight is Traded by Lakers [Silver Screen and Roll]

NBA Rumor: Hawks May Target Dwight Howard [Silver Screen and Roll]

Phil Jackson Talks Lakers, Dwight, and More [Silver Screen and Roll]

Dwight Howard and the Future [Forum Blue and Gold]

Jerry Buss: Showman Turned Los Angeles Into Lakers Town [USA Today]

Dwight Howard Mocked Kobe Bryant in All-Star Locker Room [ProBasketballTalk]

Dr. Buss’s Legacy in LA [LA Times]

Lakers About to Learn Difficulties of Family Business [USA Today]

Phil Jackson Talks Lakers, His Future, Dwight Howard, More []

Jerry Buss — I love winning! [ESPN]

Kobe Bryant Passed on Trade After This Lesson from Jerry Buss: It’s Good to be a Laker for Life [Yahoo! Sports]

Lakers’ Success a Testament to Best Owner in Sports History []

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lauds Jerry Buss’ Vision and Strength [Inside the Lakers]

Looking Ahead, Lakers Will Remain with the Family [OC Register]

Would Boston Trade Work for Dwight Howard, Lakers? [CBS Sports]

Lakers Considering Howard Trade [Hoops World]

Without Jerry Buss, Will Lakers Remain in Good Hands? [USA Today]

Lakers Owner Admired By Many [OC Register]

Questions After Loss of Jerry Buss [Lakers Index]

Phil Jackson says he’s not coaching again; Lakers running wrong offense [ProBasketballTalk]

Kobe OK With Howard Trade [Fox Sports]

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

Jerry Buss Will be Remembered as Best Owner in Sports History []

Dwight Howard Isn’t Having Fun with Lakers, Free Agency [USA Today]

NBA News

Power Rankings: Bloggers Weigh In [ESPN]

High Flying Spurs Are Parker’s Team Now [USA Today]

The Psychology of the NBA Trade Deadline [Hoops World]

Seven Trades That Should Happen [ESPN Insider]

Kyrie Irving Takes LeBron James’ Role as Cleveland King [USA Today]

Isiah: LBJ Better Athlete than MJ? [ESPN]

10 NBA Players Who Should’ve Been Traded Already [Hoops World]

What Happens Next in the West [ESPN]

Utah Jazz Coach Sidney Lowe Arrested on Income Tax Charges in North Carolina [Ball Don’t Lie]

NBA to Resume, with Lakers in Funk and Heat on Top [Yahoo! Sports]

Best and Worst of the NBA’s First Half [ESPN]

Andrea Bargnani May Not be Traded by Toronto Raptors Until Summer [The Point Forward]

David Stern Sets the Stage for Final Leg of the Sacramento Kings Saga [ProBasketballTalk]

What Happens Next in the East [ESPN]

Michael Jordan Won NBA All-Star Weekend; Who Lost It? [USA Today]

Andrew Bynum Shows Off New Hairstyle [ProBasketballTalk]

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