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Reactions from around the Web to Jerry Buss’ passing

Feb 18, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

Jerry Buss

The following is just a small sampling from the reaction around the Internet (and around the world) on the passing of Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

“We not only have lost our cherished father, but a beloved man of our community and a person respected by the world basketball community… (He) showed his amazing strength and will to live. It was our father’s often stated desire and expectation that the Lakers remain in the Buss family. The Lakers have been our lives as well and we will honor his wish and do everything in our power to continue his unparalleled legacy.”
—Statement from the Buss family

“The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come. More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”
—NBA Commissioner David Stern

“I’m deeply saddened over the loss of the great Dr. Jerry Buss. He was a dear friend, keen mentor and brilliant businessman. He’ll always be remembered for his dedication in bringing the best to the purple and gold and I’m proud to have been part of his honorable legacy. My heart and prayers go out to the Buss family and friends. Dr. Buss will be deeply missed by this big man.”
—Shaquille O’Neal

“I had the pleasure of working with Jerry closely for the last 10 years on league matters. He was a wonderful business colleague, brilliant competitor and became a good friend. Although our teams competed in two Finals during that time, the friendship never wavered. He will be greatly missed and the entire Celtics organization offers condolences to the Buss family and Lakers organization.”
—Celtics’ CEO Wyc Grousbeck

  1. phaden27 - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    What? No comments from Deadspin?

    • henryd3rd - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool; then to leave a insensitive comment and remove all doubt.

      • phaden27 - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Better to deal with loss with humor than to be an Internet white knight.

      • saint1997 - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:42 AM

        listen, I love Twain as much as the next guy but why would people think him a fool for remaining silent?

  2. cosanostra71 - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    As you mentioned in the article earlier, he didn’t just transform the Lakers, he transformed basketball. He will be missed by the entire NBA, not just the Lakers, and the wide net of individuals releasing statements shows that.

  3. phaden27 - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Only 14 downvotes?
    In disappointed in the amount of readers with a lack of sense of humor.

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