Reaction to Jerry Buss' death
Reaction to the death of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss at 80:
"The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come. More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend." — NBA Commissioner David Stern.
"We have lost a true giant. Jerry Buss was more than just an owner. He was one of the great innovators that any sport has ever encountered. He was a true visionary and it was obvious with the Lakers in the 80's that 'Showtime' was more than just Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was really the vision of a man who saw something that connected with a community. I was privileged to be part of that for 10 years and even more grateful for the friendship that has lasted all these many years. I have always come to realize that if it weren't for Dr. Buss, I wouldn't be where I am today. He was a great friend and will be missed." — former Lakers coach Pat Riley.
"Jerry Buss was a visionary, a winner and a dear friend. Our city will miss him, our league will miss him and the Sterling family will truly miss him." — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
"Jerry was always supportive of the many tough decisions that were made during our time together. I will particularly remember fondly our walks together during training camps, which were some of the highlights of my time working with him and the Lakers. I was blessed to have the opportunity to work for him and I will miss him dearly. We lost a great man today and a legend in our business." — former Lakers general manager Jerry West, now a consultant with the Golden State Warriors.
"I think he was a role model for all owners. He figured out so many things about our sport before other owners did. Even coming in as a new guy, he figured out things — economics of the game, presentation of the game. And just as a human being, the ultimate class act." — former Atlanta Hawks executive Stan Kasten, who is now president of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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