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NBA: League mourns death of Lakers' owner Buss

Former players and rivals recalled Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers owner who died Monday after a fight with cancer at age 80, as a visionary who helped mold the NBA and make the Lakers champions. Buss won 10 NBA titles as owner of the Lakers, more than any other team owner in league history, after purchasing the Lakers, ice hockey's Los Angeles Kings, their arena and a ranch from Jack Kent Cooke for $67.5 million in 1979.

UPDATE 2-Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss dies at 80

(Adds background) By Ronald Grover LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Jerry Buss, who parlayed a $1,000 real estate investment into ownership of the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 10 National Basketball Association championships and making the team one of the most glamorous in American sports, died on Monday at 80, the team said on its official website.

NBA: Lakers' owner Buss dies

Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers owner who transformed the team into the glamour franchise of a revitalized NBA, died on Monday at the age of 80. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center spokeswoman Sally Stewart said Buss died at 5:55 am. He had been reported to be in hospital last week fighting an undisclosed form of cancer. Buss made the Lakers one of the biggest draws in Los Angeles with a combination of shrewd personnel moves on and off the court and a feel for show business glamour.

CORRECTED: NBA: Lakers' owner Buss dies - report

Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers owner who transformed the team into the glamour franchise of a revitalized NBA, died on Monday at the age of 80, the Los Angeles Times reported. Buss had been reported to be in hospital last week fighting an undisclosed form of cancer. Buss purchased the Lakers, their former Forum arena, the Los Angeles Kings National Hockey League team and a 13,000-acre Kern County ranch from Jack Kent Cooke for $67.5 million in 1979. When Buss bought the Lakers, they had won one championship in the previous 25 seasons.

NBA: Lakers' owner Buss dies - report

Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers owner who transformed the team into the glamour franchise of a revitalized NBA, died on Monday at the age of 79, the Los Angeles Times reported. Buss had been reported to be in hospital last week fighting an undisclosed form of cancer. Buss purchased the Lakers, their former Forum arena, the Los Angeles Kings National Hockey League team and a 13,000-acre Kern County ranch from Jack Kent Cooke for $67.5 million in 1979. When Buss bought the Lakers, they had won one championship in the previous 25 seasons.

NBA: Lakers' owner Buss remains in hospital

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss remained hospitalized Friday, reportedly fighting an undisclosed form of cancer with his son telling the Los Angeles Times his father was "doing fine." The NBA team has made no official comment about the 79-year-old Buss's condition. He was reported to be in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "We just aren't going to make any comments on it," Jim Buss told the Los Angeles Times. "We have been dealing with this."
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