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Many people were shocked to find out during their lunch breaks Monday afternoon that longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss had passed away after his long fight with cancer.
Buss touched many lives since purchasing the Lakers in 1979. The purchase price of $67.5 million was the largest transaction in sports history at the time. Buss produced 10 championships for the Lakers during his reign and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. Athletes and celebrities around the country shared their condolences and memories on Twitter after hearing the news.
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BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
REST IN PEACE
Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed away on Monday morning. The Los Angeles Times reports he was 80.
"I don't just want winners. I want champions," Jerry Buss said.
That sums up the way he lived his life. The Lakers are the NBA's winningest franchise under the guidance of Dr. Buss. He made the NBA finals 16 times, winning 10 titles during his 34 years of ownership. He was an innovator, a guiding light and set a standard of excellence that may never be duplicated...
Photo Credit: Gettu Images Lakers owner Jerry Buss passed away this morning at the age of 80. Buss had been hospitalized for cancer for much of the past 18 months, according to the Lakers. His assistant, Bob Steiner, told the Associated Press that Dr. Buss ultimately died of kidney failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Jerry Buss completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University...
Basketball didn't exist for me until a big kid nicknamed "Roy Roy" introduced me to the game by force after he had told me that the only way I was going to get my '69 Dodge Charger Matchbox that he had just snatched from me was to sink 2 free-throws. I was about 6 at that time and never held a basketball before. But I was a very competitive boy who thought this...
Longtime L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss has passed away this morning at the age of 79 according to the L.A. Times.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss passed away this morning. A sad day for L.A.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) February 18, 2013
The legendary owner had been battling cancer since last year and will be truly missed.
Social media outlets have been rocked with the passing of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, Mike Bresnahan, broke the news of [...]
Jerry Buss had been hospitalized with an undiagnosed form of cancer.
In the world of sports, there are two owners synonymous with success. And both are gone now. George Steinbrener of the New York Yankees had a win-at-all-costs mentality. He would spend a ton and ruthlessly cut players. Jerry Buss was a more civilized version of that, but with just as much success. Maybe more.Yesterday, Buss died at the age of 80. He was battling cancer...
Jerry Buss passes away at age 80
According to the Los Angeles Times, highly-respected owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dr. Jerry Buss has died at the age of 80 from a cancer-related illness, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Buss, who amassed his fortune through real estate, purchased the Lakers and Los Angeles Kings franchises in 1979 from then owner, and fellow...
Jerry Buss, longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers died on Monday at the age of 80. Reports came out last week that Buss had been in the hospital battling an undisclosed type of cancer for months, but his death was reportedly caused by kidney failure.
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