Skooter reports 02/19/13
, who propelled his NBA team from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the current Bryant era while becoming one of the mainly significant and booming owners in pro sports, died Monday. He was 80.
A few days ago, Bryant said, think about the impact that he's had on the game and the decisions he's made, and the brand of basketball he brought here with Showtime and the impact that had on the sport as a whole. Those vibrations were felt to a kid all the way in Italy who was 6 years old, before basketball was even global.
Bob Steiner, Buss’ assistant and longtime pal said, Buss died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. For most of the past 18 months, Buss had been hospitalized while undergoing cancer treatment, but the cause of death was kidney failure, Steiner said.
The Lakers ownership is now in a trust controlled by Buss' six children, who all have worked for the Lakers in various capacities for several years. The Lakers are the NBA’s winningest franchise with 1,786 victories since Buss bought the club, which is now managed mainly by Jim Buss and Jeanie Buss.
Gerald Hatten Buss was born in Salt Lake City, raised in poverty in Wyoming before civilizing his life via education. He loved basketball since he was a boy, portraying himself as an "overly competitive but underly endowed player."
Buss is survived by his six children: sons Johnny, Jim, Joey and Jesse, and daughters Jeanie Buss and Janie Drexel. He had eight grandchildren.
Funeral and memorial services are still pending, most likely at Staples Center or a nearby threatre in downtown Los Angeles.