Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  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)
LOS ANGELES A whos-who of Lakers and NBA legends showed up Thursday to celebratethe life of Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, who died Monday after an 18-monthcancer ordeal.Many former Lakers showed up at the Nokia Theatre across thestreet from Staples Center in downtown LA to pay tribute to Buss, who was 80years old. Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Shaquille ONeal, KareemAbdul-Jabbar, Pat Riley, Bill Sharman, Byron Scott, Mychal Thompson, CedricCeballos and Magic Johnson were some of the former Lakers in attendance. Theywere joined by the entire current Lakers team, led by captains Kobe Bryant andPau Gasol, both of whom spoke at the memorial Gasol in Spanish. NBAcommissioner David Stern, Phil Jackson and Bill Walton also were at theservice.This is a celebration of life and a celebration ofsuccess, Magic told an audience of approximately 4,000. Magic said heconsidered Buss to be a second father to me from the time I came here fromMichigan. He was a great man and a great father, Magic added. ...
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