Feb 14, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT
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.”
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.