LOS ANGELES With the death of Los Angeles Lakers' owner Jerry Buss at 80 on Monday morning, a prodigious era in professional sports ended.
Under the leadership of Buss who passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer the Lakers went to the NBA Finals 16 times in 31 seasons (1979-80 to 2009-2010), winning 10 championships. It was an unprecedented period of ownership success in American pro sports history.
However, Buss' larger-than-life persona came about as much from his lifestyle as it did his success as a sportsman.
He owned the most glamorous franchise sports has ever seen, and Buss enjoyed the perks that went along with running a great team playing in the entertainment capital of the world.
On any given night when the Lakers weren't playing, you might find Buss with a beautiful and undoubtedly much, much younger female companion at a restaurant or club somewhere in the Los Angeles area. Or he might be out with his group of close friends nicknamed "The Seven Dwarfs"...