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Tuesday February 19, 2013

Team owner lived Hollywood dream

The Associated Press

Los Angeles -- Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers's playboy owner who shepherded the NBA team to 10 championships from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the Kobe Bryant era, died Monday after having been in hospital for most of the past 18 months while undergoing cancer treatment.

Under Mr. Buss's leadership since 1979, the Lakers became Southern California's most beloved sports franchise and a worldwide extension of Hollywood glamour. Mr. Buss acquired, nurtured and befriended a staggering array of talented players and basketball minds during his Hall of Fame tenure, such as Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Few owners in sports history can approach Mr. Buss's accomplishments with the Lakers, who made the NBA final 16 times during his nearly 34 years in charge, winning 10 titles between 1980 and 2010. With 1,786 victories, the Lakers easily are the NBA's winningest franchise since he bought the club, which is now run largely by Jim Buss and Jeanie Buss, two of his six children.

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