Stars pay tribute to legendary Lakers owner Buss after his passing.
Legendary Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss died on Monday after losing a battle with an undisclosed form of cancer and other health problems.
Buss leaves a legacy behind him in Los Angeles, having overseen 10 NBA Championships victories whilst the owner of the Lakers franchise.
Tributes have poured in since his passing after Buss had helped so many others during the time he was involved in the NBA and during his stints in other sports.
“We not only have lost our cherished father, but a beloved man of our community and a person respected by the world basketball community,” his family said in a statement released via Lakers.com.
NBA commissioner David Stern also released a statement via NBA.com, and spoke of the great contribution Buss made to the league.
“The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come. More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time,” Stern said.
Buss oversaw some of the best players in the game play for the Lakers during his tenure, after buying the team back in 1979 he watched the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson before bringing in Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in the early 2000s.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dr. Jerry Buss. He was a great man and an incredible friend,” tweeted Magic Johnson. While O’Neal also tweeted his tribute saying that Buss “was a dear friend, mentor and brilliant business mind”.