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LA Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Dead at 79

LOS ANGELES –

Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Lakers whose penchant for showmanship helped turn the game of basketball into “Showtime”€ and who led the team to 10 NBA championships, died Monday. He was 79.

Last week, it was revealed that Buss was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with an undisclosed form of cancer.

A self-made millionaire who built his fortune in real estate, Buss bought the Lakers in 1979.

He charted his successful course with marquee players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, Hall of Fame coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, celebrities sitting courtside and Laker Girls dancing during timeouts.

“I really tried to create a Laker image, a distinct identity,” Buss said. “I mean, the Lakers are pretty damn Hollywood.”

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