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Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Leaves Memorable Legacy Behind As He Dies Monday At 80
Published February 18, 2013
REMEMBERING THE MAN: Radio host Dan Patrick said of Buss, "What I loved about Jerry Buss is he lived the life that you wanted your owner to live. He cared about the product, he reinvested into the product, he took chances, he made trades, he had fun.” He was “flamboyant” and “always had star power” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 2/18). ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said of Buss, “He was about ‘Showtime.’ He was about not just winning basketball games but pleasing his patrons ... as often as he possibly could, making sure that he put on a show." Smith: "He was a winner and he demanded that from all the guys that worked under him, not in quite the same way that GEORGE STEINBRENNER did … but nevertheless, as equally profound.” ESPN’s Kurt Rambis, who played and coached for Buss, said, “Primarily, he wanted to win, and you can’t say that about every organization and every owner. He was willing to make extreme sacrifices, financial sacrifices namely, to put together a winning formula out there on the floor.” ESPN's Flip Saunders: "Basketball was a No. 1 priority for that team, and so you always knew they were going to do whatever they had to do to be successful. And for them it wasn’t about winning, it was about winning championships” ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 2/18).
TWEETS ON BUSS: The L.A. Times' Bill Plaschke wrote, "RIP the greatest owner in history of American professional sports...Lakers, and all of sports, will never be the same." Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban wrote, "RIP Jerry Buss. Your encouragement and support along with your stories of staying true to yourself had an enormous impact on me." ESPN's Rick Reilly: "RIP Jerry Buss, who made those years at the Forum the most outrageous, decadent and fun time a sportswriter could have." NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano: "Dr. Buss gave fans everything they wanted: the best players, the best coaches, and 10 championships." Former Lakers beat writer Ross Siler: "Jerry Buss went from growing up in Kemmerer, Wyo., to owning the Lakers and winning 10 titles. Just an incredible life journey." NBA.com's Steve Aschburner: "So much talk, esp. at Legends brunch, of All-Star Wknd as NBA family reunion. So Lakers owner Jerry Buss' passing hits many close to home."