Feb 21, 2013, 10:46 AM EST
It was an emotional night for the Lakers franchise on Wednesday, as the team was playing its first game since the passing of its long-time owner, Jerry Buss.
“On Monday, we lost what we all know to be the greatest owner in sports. Ever,” Bryant said. “He was a brilliant, incredible owner, and he was even a better person, with a great heart. His vision has transcended the game. We are all — all — spoiled by his vision, and by his drive to win year after year after year.
“Through our years being here at Staples Center, the one thing that we could always count on was the great Dr. Jerry Buss overlooking his franchise from his box.”
Bryant then pointed to where Buss was a constant fixture for Lakers home games, to an empty chair bathed in spotlight in the owner’s suite.
- Trade rumor update: Nets may be Kyle Lowry frontrunners 5
- PBT Podcast for Dec. 13: Talking Asik, Gasol trades plus NBA Draft with Rob Dauster 1
- Pau Gasol expresses frustration with D’Antoni offense. Lakers have to think trade. 29
- Report: Grizzlies shopping Zach Randolph around, want deal with Pelicans 7
- Nets notes: Kidd takes some credit, Lopez downplays injury, and Pierce off the bench 2
- NFL legend Jim Brown takes shot at Kobe Bryant, Kobe fires back (66)
- Why question “When did basketball get so bad?” misses mark (62)
- Pacers win first Conference Finals rematch vs. Heat (53)
- Raptors trade Rudy Gay to Sacramento for multiple players (47)
- Deserving or not Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade among All-Star starters in early voting returns (45)