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Statements on Lakers owner Jerry Buss' death


"Dr. Jerry Buss, longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed away today at 5:55 am after a long illness. He was 80 years old.

'We not only have lost our cherished father, but a beloved man of our community and a person respected by the world basketball community,' a statement released on behalf of the Buss family said.

Dr. Buss had been hospitalized much of the past 18 months in a battle which 'showed his amazing strength and will to live. It was our father's often stated desire and expectation that the Lakers remain in the Buss family. The Lakers have been our lives as well and we will honor his wish and do everything in our power to continue his unparalleled legacy,' the statement concluded.

He is survived by sons Johnny, Jim, Joey and Jesse and daughters Jeanie Buss and Janie Drexel, all of Southern California; eight grandchildren; former wife JoAnn of Las Vegas; half sister Susan Hall of Phoenix; half brother Micky Brown of Scottsdale; and stepbrother Jim Brown of Star Valley, Wyoming.

Funeral and memorial service arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lakers Youth Foundation or a charity of the donor's choice." - Los Angeles Lakers

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"Condolences to the Buss family. The world lost a beloved sportsman and true champion today. Rest in Peace Dr. Buss. Thank you for your tremendous impact in the sports world and the community." - The L.A. Sparks via Facebook

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"I'm deeply saddened over da loss of the great Dr. Jerry Buss. He was a dear friend, mentor,and brilliant business mind thank u 4 8 gr8 yrs." - Shaquille O'Neal via Twitter

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"My thoughts and prayers are with the family & friends of Dr. Jerry Buss. He was a great man and an incredible friend."

"WOW! Where do I begin?! I was 19 when I first met Dr. Buss and for 34 yrs he has been a father figure and best friend."

"This is a great loss for the LAKER NATION - 1st the legendary Chick Hearn and now my 2nd dad, the beloved Dr. Jerry Buss. I LOVE you Dr. Buss!"

"All Dr. Buss ever wanted to do was WIN and he did. Dr. Buss won 10 Championships - 5 with me as a player & 5 with me as his partner."

"Dr. Buss was a visionary and an incredible business man with a serious passion for numbers."

"I will always remember Dr. Buss' big smile, his love for the @Lakers, for poker & billiards, for the City of LA and for beautiful women." - Earvin Magic Johnson via Twitter

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"Today the world lost a visionary and one of the most successful sports figures of all time. But today I lost a friend and mentor. He forever changed my life. May he rest in peace and my prayers are with his family that he loved so much." - Derek Fisher

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"Today is a very sad day for all the Lakers and basketball. All my support and condolences to the Buss family. Rest in peace Dr. Buss." - Pau Gasol via Twitter

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"Thoughts & prayers go out 2 the Buss family over the loss of Mr Jerry Buss. A try pioneer in professional sports, he set the standard for running a franchise.. He will truly be missed." - Matt Barnes via Twitter

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"Condolences to the Buss family. Dr Buss was not only the greatest sports owner, but a true friend & just a really cool guy. Loved him dearly." - Lakers Hall of Fame forward James Worthy via Twitter

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"Today, in the world of sports, we have lost a true giant. Jerry Buss was more than just an owner. He was one of the great innovators that any sport has ever encountered. He was a true visionary and it was obvious with the Lakers in the 80's that 'Showtime' was more than just Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was really the vision of a man who saw something that connected with a community. I was privileged to be part of that for 10 years and even more grateful for the friendship that has lasted all these many years. I have always come to realize that if it weren't for Dr. Buss, I wouldn't be where I am today. I owe my start in professional coaching to him, and I will always hold him and his memory in the highest of regards. Chris and I truly love Jerry Buss. He was a great friend and will be missed." - Former Lakers coach Pat Riley

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"I am so sad to hear Dr. Buss has passed away! I'm so thankful that he gave me a chance to play professional basketball by for the LA Sparks!" - Lisa Leslie via Twitter

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"Dr. Jerry Buss was a cornerstone of the Los Angeles sports community and his name will always be synonymous with his beloved Lakers. It was through his stewardship that the Lakers brought "Showtime" basketball and numerous championship rings to this great City. Today we mourn the loss and celebrate the life of a man who helped shape the modern landscape of sports in LA, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time." - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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"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." - NBA Commissioner David Stern

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"My thoughts and prayers are with the Buss family. Dr. Jerry Buss was like a Dad to me and is a tremendous loss to @Lakers fam." - Former Lakers forward Dennis Rodman

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"What a visionary. What a leader. What a friend. Rest in peace Dr. Buss." - Former Lakers forward A.C. Green

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"Because of him the Sparks came into existence and I am forever grateful to Dr. Buss, Johnny Buss and the whole Buss family." - Penny Toler, Sparks GM & Executive Vice President

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"RIP Jerry Buss. Your encouragement and support along with your stories of staying true to yourself had an enormous impact on me." - Mark Cuban via Twitter

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"Jerry Buss was so cool he should be in the rock and roll hall of fame. He will be missed." - Chris Rock via Twitter

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"Dr. Buss was our partner, our mentor and our friend. He was kind enough to allow us into his world and much of the success we enjoyed at STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE is directly attributed to him. I do not believe we will ever find anyone quite like him. Our prayers and thoughts are with Jeanie and the entire Buss family." - Timothy J. Leiweke, president & CEO of AEG

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"Jerry Buss was a visionary, a winner and a dear friend. Our city will miss him, our league will miss him and the Sterling family will truly miss him." - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling

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