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02-18-2013, 10:12 AM
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Dr. Jerry Buss passes away

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Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Lakers whose penchant for showmanship helped turn the game of basketball into “Showtime” and who led the team to 10 NBA championships, died Monday. He was 80.
http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers...,5024446.story

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02-18-2013, 10:23 AM
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RIP Dr Buss.

Thanks for owning the Kings for a spell and thanks for everything you did for Los Angeles

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02-18-2013, 10:24 AM
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All of LA will be mourning the passing of Dr. Buss. May he rest in peace.

Although Jack Kent Cooke was the architect in building LA into a sports city, Buss took it to another level and made the Lakers the hot ticket in LA. I'm lucky to have grown up during the Showtime era, when Lakers basketball was at its best and was one of the most exciting teams to watch in the history of sports.

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That's too bad to hear that, he did great things for the city and organization. Did he still own the Lakers or did AEG completely buy him out?

Incidentally, if I remember the story right he's responsible for introducing Jack Kent Cooke to Bruce McNall. Thus, we can thank Dr. Buss for the Cup run in a long round about way.

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RIP Legend. You will be missed dearly.


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RIP Dr Buss.

Thanks for owning the Kings for a spell and thanks for everything you did for Los Angeles
A lot of people didn't know that he was pushing for the Gretzky trade well before McNall did. Pocklington commented on it during an NHL Network interview that in 1984 and 1985 Buss asked for Gretzky and Pockington said no, the time wasn't right...he put Buss off and said maybe in the future.

Then Buss sold the team to McNall, but obviously the Gretzky deal was never forgotten...Buss was, interestingly, at the press conference announcing Gretzky had become a King.

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All of LA will be mourning the passing of Dr. Buss. May he rest in peace.

Although Jack Kent Cooke was the architect in building LA into a sports city, Buss took it to another level and made the Lakers the hot ticket in LA. I'm lucky to have grown up during the Showtime era, when Lakers basketball was at its best and was one of the most exciting teams to watch in the history of sports.
^^^^ all that. RIP.

And didn't Buss start Prime Ticket? Which changed how L.A. fans got to watch the Kings and Lakers on TV. Before PT, all we got to watch were road games, and the Kings would show maybe 20 games a season?? (anyone have an old pocket schedule they can check? and I loved the old schedules: Kings schedule on one side, Lakers on the other) The rest of the games were Bob Biller on the radio.

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What a legend. We lost someone very special today. RIP Dr. Buss

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Sad day. Greatest owner in all of sports.

RIP Dr. Buss.

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^^^^ all that. RIP.

And didn't Buss start Prime Ticket? Which changed how L.A. fans got to watch the Kings and Lakers on TV. Before PT, all we got to watch were road games, and the Kings would show maybe 20 games a season?? (anyone have an old pocket schedule they can check? and I loved the old schedules: Kings schedule on one side, Lakers on the other) The rest of the games were Bob Biller on the radio.
I remember how things all changed one night either late in 1982 or early in 1983.

The Lakers were hosting the Philadelphia 76ers. They decided to experiment, by putting a home game on cable! I can't remember the cable station, but I do remember that it had to be on cable, because my dad asked to come over to the apartment to watch the game. It was really incredible to see a home game on TV for the Lakers...last I can remember, they would show some home Finals games in 1980 against the 76ers, but some of those were tape-delayed (weeknights), but the Sunday games may have been live.

Anyway, it was really an anomaly. The Lakers won that game, then I believe it was the next season or the season after that they started showing home games on Prime Ticket. Of course, the games were being sold as part of a cable package.

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I remember how things all changed one night either late in 1982 or early in 1983.

The Lakers were hosting the Philadelphia 76ers. They decided to experiment, by putting a home game on cable! I can't remember the cable station, but I do remember that it had to be on cable, because my dad asked to come over to the apartment to watch the game. It was really incredible to see a home game on TV for the Lakers...last I can remember, they would show some home Finals games in 1980 against the 76ers, but some of those were tape-delayed (weeknights), but the Sunday games may have been live.

Anyway, it was really an anomaly. The Lakers won that game, then I believe it was the next season or the season after that they started showing home games on Prime Ticket. Of course, the games were being sold as part of a cable package.
i think the service was called "On Tv". i remember my dad's friend would come over and hook this box up to our tv and it just had "on-off" switch and 1 pay channel that would show Laker games sometimes.

we lost a true legend

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i think the service was called "On Tv". i remember my dad's friend would come over and hook this box up to our tv and it just had "on-off" switch and 1 pay channel that would show Laker games sometimes.

we lost a true legend
Thanks! Yup, that was it. Forgot all about it.

Here is an interesting interview with Jerry Buss regarding his Kings' ownership.

http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=656235

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One of the best owners ever, frankly. 16 title appearances, 10 wins over the course of 30+ years? That's pretty damn good in any sport.

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one of the best owners. he didnt have the deepest pockets but he spent like he did.

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One of the best owners ever, frankly. 16 title appearances, 10 wins over the course of 30+ years? That's pretty damn good in any sport.
And a bevy of babes always surrounding him. He truly was the best sports owner any fan could ask for.

http://deadspin.com/5985106/jerry-bu...ever/gallery/1

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what a ladies man

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RIP Dr. Buss. Never forgave you for leaving the Miracle on Manchester though

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RIP Dr. Buss. Never forgave you for leaving the Miracle on Manchester though
At the very least he was still listening to the game while in his limo, on his way to Palm Springs.

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And a bevy of babes always surrounding him. He truly was the best sports owner any fan could ask for.

http://deadspin.com/5985106/jerry-bu...ever/gallery/1
It's showtime!

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RIP Dr. Buss. Never forgave you for leaving the Miracle on Manchester though
Well today would be the day.

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I have just two words for Jerry...

Thank you...

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I met him a couple of times and sat in his owners box, he seemed like a nice guy.

I have known Jeannie for years but only as an acquaintance. She dated a friend of mine years ago when she was a bigger girl (before she got into her health, I have always thought she was great).

Very sad day.

DR. JERRY BUSS, WE HARDLY KNEW YE.

REST IN PEACE GENTLEMAN.

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