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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
, 1978–2020, 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
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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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"I think it was Jerry Buss' parting gift to Pat that we got Shaq," Pfund said, referring to the late Lakers' owner and the trade that preceded the '06 title.
He purchased the Los Angeles Lakers for $5 million in 1965, eventually selling the team to Jerry Buss for nearly 14 times that amount in 1979.
Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect," Buss said.
According to court documents, the brothers proposed four directors, but did not include her, and if she isn't on the board she can't continue as the controlling owner of the team as outlined in the family trust set up by their late father, longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss who died in 2013 at the age of 80.
"So right now we should put our hands together for the late great (former Lakers owner) Jerry Buss for trading for this man."
Jerry Buss, long-time owner of pro basketball's Los Angeles Lakers and hall of famer, died at the age of 80.
I really can't reprint the exact words of Jackson in that article, but I vividly remember the essence of the story, the rationale behind his decision to prod Lakers owner Jerry Buss to give O'Neal away and start a new era with Bryant as the sole leader.
He is the longest-tenured owner in the NBA since Lakers owner Jerry Buss died last year.
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Les Los Angeles Lakers ont honore la memoire de leur proprietaire Jerry Buss, decede lundi a 80 ans, de la plus belle facon: en dominant avant-hier mercredi leur rival historique, Boston (113-99).
Jerry Buss, who parlayed a $1,000 real estate investment into ownership of the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 10 National Basketball Association championships and making the team one of the most glamorous in American sports, died on Monday at 80, the team said on its official website.
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