Jerry Buss, who guided the Los Angeles Lakers to an unprecedented run of success over the past 3 decades, died February 18. He was 80. Buss won 10 NBA titles as owner of the Lakers, more than any other team owner in league history, after purchasing the Lakers, ice hockey's Los Angeles Kings, their arena and a ranch from Jack Kent Cooke for $67.5 million in 1979. NBA "lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come," NBA commissioner David Stern said. He is best known for his commitment to attracting and paying for the sport’s best talent, including Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant, as well as coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson in the past years.
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