Longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss has died. The 80-year-old Buss was suffering from an undisclosed form of cancer.
Hate the Lakers all you want, but Buss was a savvy businessman who helped catapult the Lakers back to the top of the NBA hierarchy after several mediocre seasons in the mid to late 70s. He was the real architect of Showtime.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck on Buss’ passing:
“I had the pleasure of working with Jerry closely for the last 10 years on league matters. He was a wonderful business colleague, brilliant competitor and became a good friend. Although our teams competed in two Finals during that time, the friendship never wavered. He will be greatly missed and the entire Celtics organization offers condolences to the Buss family and Lakers organization.”
RIP Jerry Buss.