Buss, Jerry


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Buss, Jerry

(Gerald Hatten Buss), 1933–2013, American businessman and basketball executive, b. Salt Lake City. He worked in the aerospace industry until the late 1950s, when he struck it rich in the booming Los Angeles real estate market. He purchased the Los Angeles Strings of World Team Tennis in 1974 and Los Angeles Lakers of the National Baskeball Association (NBA) and other sports holdings in 1979. Buss built the Lakers into the NBA's most successful and glamorous team, hiring superb coaches, e.g., Jerry WestWest, Jerry
(Jerome Alan West), 1938–, American basketball player, b. Cheylan, W.Va. One of the game's great shooting guards, he led West Virginia Univ. to the 1959 National Collegiate Athletic Association championship finals and was co-captain of the gold-medal-winning
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, Pat Riley, Phil JacksonJackson, Phil
(Philip Douglas Jackson), 1945–, American basketball player and coach, b. Deer Lodge, Mont. Jackson was an All-American at the Univ. of North Dakota.
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, and great players, e.g., Magic JohnsonJohnson, Magic
(Earvin Johnson, Jr.), 1959–, African-American basketball player, b. Lansing, Mich. After winning the national championship with Michigan State Univ.
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, Kareem Abdul-JabbarAbdul-Jabbar, Kareem
, 1947–, American basketball player, b. New York City as Ferdinand Lewis (Lew) Alcindor. At 7 ft 2 in. (218 cm), he led the Univ. of California, Los Angeles, to three national titles (1967–69).
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, Shaquille O'NealO'Neal, Shaquille
(Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal) , 1972–, American basketball player, b. Newark, N.J. Joining the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1992, he was the 1993 NBA rookie of the year.
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, and Kobe BryantBryant, Kobe
, 1978–, American basketball player, b. Philadelphia. The son of former professional basketball player Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, he was a high school star, turned pro at 17, and debuted with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association in 1996.
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. He also added glitz and pizzazz to the sport, including half-time entertainments, making pro basketball one of the most watched sporting events. In 1985 he cofounded a regional cable sports network. Buss's Lakers were in the NBA finals 16 times, winning 10 titles between 1980 and 2010. He was inducted into the Baskeball Hall of Fame in 2010.
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Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss' daughter and president of the Forum and California Sports Inc.
This week on Jerry Springer - It's Jerry Buss, Jerry West, Jerry Reinsdorf and Jerry Krause for a show titled ``It's My Money, So Why Does the Other Jerry Get All the Glory?
When Jerry Buss, Jerry West and Mitch Kupchak watched with disgust how a once-proud franchise began to crumble through bickering and lack of direction, they wasted no time in rectifying the situation.