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Reports: Lakers owner Jerry Buss hospitalized with cancer

Feb 14, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

Jerry Buss

Sad news out of Los Angeles today. Reports say that Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized with an undisclosed type of cancer for an extended period of time, but out of the family’s respect, the news was withheld until now. Several current and former players have visited Buss in the hospital, where he’s unfortunately spent a lot of time over the years.

Buss, 79, has struggled with his health, and reports have said that current and former players are visiting Buss recently because, “they expect these to be his final days.”

Buss has been the Lakers owner since 1979, where they’ve won 10 titles under his watch. Buss has still taken a big role in personnel decisions, although some of those decision making duties have gradually shifted to his son, Jim, and daughter, Jeannie, who are both executive vice presidents for the Lakers.

The OC Register has the report for the future of the Lakers ownership situation:

“We unanimously agree that we have no intention of ever selling the Lakers, and intend to keep ownership of the team in our family for generations to come.”

Kevin Ding | OC Register

Buss has been one of the most influential owners in professional sports history, overseeing one of the greatest dynasties we’ll ever know. Best wishes to Dr. Buss and his family during this difficult time.

  1. halohonk - Feb 14, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Jerry Buss best owner in sports history. Period. God bless you Dr Buss.

  2. ron05342 - Feb 14, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Best. Owner. Ever.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      how about Carnival Cruise Line.

  3. e39er - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Most definitely not a good year for the Lakers, now they just need to buckle down as a team and stop speaking to the media about their troubles and just play their hearts out, if not for yourself *Dwight* at least for the man upstairs who writes your checks, better luck next year Lakers

  4. kb2408 - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Get well soon, to the greatest owner in sports history.

  5. 00maltliquor - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Heartbreaking. Dr. Buss, you most definatly will be in my prayers every day. That line “they expect these to be his final days” made my blood run cold. I hope you make a full recovery. Be strong Buss family.

  6. tannethrill - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Maybe they’ll rally around this.

    Kind of have to assume this had something to do with Kobe telling Dwight to man up about the shoulder. Dwight has next season, looks like Dr. Buss doesn’t.

  7. cosanostra71 - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    As Lakers fans, we’re lucky to have had someone as dedicated to winning as Dr. Buss has been. I hope that these are not his final days, but if they are I hope they are as painless as possible. You’ve truly given so much to the City of Los Angeles Dr. Buss and thank you for that.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:10 AM

      don’t worry about it, just send over a bottle of scotch and two blondes.

  8. mantiteo - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Thank you Dr. Buss for your commitment to greatness. For you will always be the Michael Jordan of owners to generations of Lakers fans worldwide. Infinite Laker parades await you. No regrets. Show. Time.

  9. 950003cups - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    That’s a shame. Life is cruel. A goaltender for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, Josh Harding, was recently diagnosed with MS.

  10. omniusprime - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    My best wishes to Dr. Jerry Buss and his family. Except for the little idiot buss boy who is determined to ruin his father’s legacy with the Lakers. Thanks Jerry for all the wonderful memories for us Laker fans. Dr. Buss knew that to win in the NBA a team needs great big men, Jerry never fell for that small ball garbage that Jerky Boy Jimmy has fallen for bringing in the worst coach in Laker history, Mike Dumbtoni.

    Now that the Lakers are in decline maybe it’s best for the good Doctor to not hang around too much longer watching the debacle that has become the Laker season.

    Thank You Doctor Jerry Buss!!!

  11. manchestermiracle - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    The end of an era. Based on how the Lakers have conducted business recently under Jim, I don’t see much chance for another 10 titles. At the end of this decade look for “owners” to change their minds and cash out.

  12. purplekobra69 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    2-18-2013

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