Originally written on NBA Injury News  |  Last updated 11/18/14

HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 10: Publisher Hugh Hefner, Lakers Owner Jerry Buss, Playboy Playmates and a KCAL 9 News reporter pose to celebrate Hefner's 77th birthday April 10, 2003 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)
The Los Angeles Lakers have thrived under Jerry Buss' ownership.  He may not have always seen eye-to-eye with his players, his coaches, or his front office, but Buss has always known how to put together a winner.  Now, the 79-year old will be fighting for more than another championship.  He was hospitalized yesterday due to cancer.According to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, Buss has been battling the disease for an undisclosed time.  The OC Register was aware of the cancer, but chose not to publish anything about it out of respect.  However, Radaronline.com broke the news, which led to the Register's coverage. The future of the Lakers rests will who will be picked to lead the team in ownership.  The transfer of power will likely come soon now that Buss' health condition is public.  Once a change is made, the team will have to decide their direction for the future.Los Angeles is having one of their worst seasons in recent memory.  They are 25-28 and three games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  The team has been playing better of late, though.  But should they make the playoffs, there is little chance of the Lakers advancing very far. Follow @hoopsinjurynews!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.nbainjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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