LOS ANGELES, California — Basketball fans and people in the entertainment world, particularly those who are following the National Basketball Association (NBA) are now grieving for the loss of Jerry Buss who bought the Lakers in 1979.
Breaking news on his death hit the airwaves as he passed away on Monday. He was 80.
Manila Channel sources said that Buss has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for several months with an undisclosed form of cancer.
In 1979, he bought the Laker’s that brought “showtime” thrills to the NBA history. The team owned by Buss won at least 10 championships in the NBA’s three decades history tilts until his death on Monday.
Buss longtime spokesman Bob Steiner was quoted by the press saying the guy gave court side seats to movie stars. He hired pretty women to dance during timeouts. He spent freely on big stars and encouraged a fast-paced, exuberant style of play.
Lakers featured the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’neal and Dwight Howard. He was also smart enough to hire Hall of Fame-caliber coaches in Pat Riley and Phil Jackson.
Buss is reported to have been born in Salt Lake City on Jan. 27, 1933, although some sources cite 1934 as his birth year. In 1957, Buss earned a doctorate in physical chemistry. The degree brought him great pride — Lakers employees always called him “Dr. Buss.”