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R.I.P. Jerry Buss


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#1 ejack37

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:04 AM


Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan


Lakers owner Jerry Buss passed away this morning. A sad day for L.A.

3:46 PM - 18 Feb 13



http://www.isportsti...ws-breaking.htm



This is breaking news that's not even 10 minutes old. Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, is reportedly dead after being hospitalized last week. Check back for more updates as this story unfolds.

Buss was 79 and according to various reports, he has been secretly hospitalized for months. The death has not been officially confirmed, but Mike Bresnahan is a very respected sports writer who has been with the Los Angeles Times for nearly a decade.

Buss became owner of the Lakers in 1979. He was responsible for drafting Magic Johnson and helped Jerry West built the most recent dynasty by signign Shaquille O'Neal and trading for Kobe Bryant in the summer of 1996.


A very sad day for Laker fans.


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

RIP Jerry Buss , u will be missed ..

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:23 AM

Damm, how sad

#4 paqman78

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:35 AM

May he rest in peace.

Edited by paqman78, 18 February 2013 - 11:35 AM.

"At the end of the day - we're ALL just speculating....and it's only Fantasy Basketball."

#5 And Won

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

R.I.P.

I would kill (not literally) for an owner like him in Philadelphia!

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

Not a Laker fan, but this guy was one of the best owners in all of sports and will be missed.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:39 PM

GOAT.

Greatest Owner of All Time.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:40 PM

View Postrhymenoceros, on 18 February 2013 - 01:39 PM, said:

GOAT.

Greatest Owner of All Time.


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

Very sad.

There will never be another owner as good as you. RIP
Team 1: 10 Team H2H 9 Cat
PG: John Wall, Kemba Walker, MCW
SG: Kyrie Irving, Eric Bledsoe, Jodie Meeks
SF: Nicolas Batum, Tobias Harris, Trevor Ariza
PF: Kevin Love, Paul Millsap
C: Derrick Favors, Spencer Hawes

Team 2: 12 Team H2H 9 Cat
PG: Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, MCW
SG: Brandon Knight, Lance Stephenson
SF: Gordon Hayward, Jimmy Butler, Trevor Ariza
PF: Derrick Favors, John Henson
C: DeMarcus Cousins, Spencer Hawes, Andre Drummond

#10 Johnnyapplebot

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

rip jerry, now the lakers are screwed.
Fantasy Basketball 10 team league

Team 1

PG - Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomas, Victor Oladipo, D.J Augustin
SG - James Harden, Eric Bledsoe, George Hill
SF - Kawhi Leonard, Wilson Chandler, Kyle Korver
PF - Blake Griffin, Khris Middleton
C - Jonas Valanciunas, Dirk Nowitzki

Team 2

PG - Ty Lawson, Isaiah Thomas
SG - DJ Augustin, Bradley Beal, Wesley Johnson
SF - James Harden, Luol Deng, Matt Barnes, Khris Middleton
PF - Dirk Nowitzki, DeMarr Carroll, Tobias Harris
C -  Andre Drummond, Marc Gasol

#11 RADickey4Prez

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

Sad he had to watch a lifeless, awful Lakers team in his final days.

#12 Thats Ridiculous

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

RIP Jerry Buss

truly sad loss.
especially amidst all this drama that's been going on in Lakerland this season.

#13 Theoneupper

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:29 PM

I miss him already. Rip JB.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:24 PM

got to meet Dr. Buss last year. the man is the definition of a legendary icon- the greatest owner ever in all of sports. not enough can be said about how much this guy meant to the entire city of LA...plus, he was with a bad young bz when i got the privilege to meet him, so ya know he was always livin life. R.I.P
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Yahoo! 12-Team H2H Standard Cat League:
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PG Kyle Lowry...Trey Burke/Jrue Holiday*
SG Stephen Curry...Kobe Bryant*

SF Josh Smith...Gordan Hayward/Tobias Harris
PF Jared Sullinger...John Henson*

C Nikola Vucevic...Andrew Bogut*/Nikola Pekovic*
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PG Deron Williams...Kyle Lowry/Mike Conley*
SG Goran Dragic...Kobe Bryant*
SF Chandler Parson...
Ersan Ilyasova/Kevin Martin*
PF Kevin Love...Serge Ibaka/John Henson*
C Blake Griffin...Jonas Valuncunius/Anderson Varejo*

#15 muey123

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:54 PM

Does this mean his son will take over and have complete control from now on? Oh dear lord get ready for some years of mediocrity.

RIP JB...
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Jeff Teague
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Manu Ginobili
George Hill
Lebron James
Kevin Durant
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Thaddeus Young
Carlos Boozer
Andre Kirilenko.
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Nikola Pekovic
Anthony Davis

#16 zass17

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:07 PM

Owning a sports team like a BOSS, that's Jerry
9-cats, H2H, PG/SG/SF/PF/C/U*2/BN*4
16 teams, 11 players per,

G - Bledsoe, Lawson, Collison, C Lee
F - Kawhi, Parsons, C Butler, Dunleavy, Booker

C - Sullinger, Pekovic,

#17 Johnnyapplebot

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:06 AM

View Postmuey123, on 18 February 2013 - 08:54 PM, said:

Does this mean his son will take over and have complete control from now on? Oh dear lord get ready for some years of mediocrity.

RIP JB...

Just like when steinbrenner died and his sons made all these rules and became cheap, thats what i expect the lakers to become now. Stupid moves and eventually reducing salary.
Fantasy Basketball 10 team league

Team 1

PG - Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomas, Victor Oladipo, D.J Augustin
SG - James Harden, Eric Bledsoe, George Hill
SF - Kawhi Leonard, Wilson Chandler, Kyle Korver
PF - Blake Griffin, Khris Middleton
C - Jonas Valanciunas, Dirk Nowitzki

Team 2

PG - Ty Lawson, Isaiah Thomas
SG - DJ Augustin, Bradley Beal, Wesley Johnson
SF - James Harden, Luol Deng, Matt Barnes, Khris Middleton
PF - Dirk Nowitzki, DeMarr Carroll, Tobias Harris
C -  Andre Drummond, Marc Gasol

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

View PostJohnnyapplebot, on 19 February 2013 - 05:06 AM, said:

View Postmuey123, on 18 February 2013 - 08:54 PM, said:

Does this mean his son will take over and have complete control from now on? Oh dear lord get ready for some years of mediocrity.

RIP JB...

Just like when steinbrenner died and his sons made all these rules and became cheap, thats what i expect the lakers to become now. Stupid moves and eventually reducing salary.

Actually no.  Buss was very shrewd with how he had his affairs handled.  Each kid handles a different aspect of the organization, but I think two of them don't do anything with the Lakers at the moment.  He worked out the Time Warner deal to ensure money would be flowing in and I remember reading somewhere that the only way the Lakers could be sold is if at least 4 of the 6 kids agreed to selling them.
Besides, I think the difference is that Buss' kids really know what they're doing (Jim even, a lot of people dog on him, but he does know basketball) and they love the team.  So I'm not too worried.  Sure they're gonna have to find a way to reduce salary, but not because they're cheap.  It'll be because they will want to avoid that huge penalty for being over the salary cap for so many years.  And even then, if the team can turn it around or make some moves that will bring them back to immediate contention, the team will willingly spend the money needed and eat that penalty.