The man behind much of the Los Angeles Lakers’ success for the over a decade, Jerry Buss, has died at age 80. As YouWager bettors know quite well, Buss guided the Lakers to 10 championships from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the Kobe Bryant era.
The Utah native had been hospitalized on and off since 2011 while undergoing cancer treatment, but the immediate cause of death has said to have been kidney failure. Buss’ condition worsened in recent weeks and thus several prominent former Lakers visited him to say goodbye.
Ever since 1979 Buss lead the Lakers team to become Southern California’s most beloved sports franchise and a worldwide extension of Hollywood glamour.
Over the years Buss gathered an outstanding amount of talented players and basketball minds especially during his Hall of Fame tenure, from Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard.
There have been only a handful of other owners in sports history that can approach Buss’ accomplishments with the Los Angeles team, who made the NBA finals 16 times through 2011 during his almost 34 years in charge, winning 10 titles between 1980 and 2010.
Oddsmakers consider that the Lakers to be league’s winningest franchise since Buss bought the club, which is now run largely by Jim Buss and Jeanie Buss, two of his six children.