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Readers share their favorite memories of Lakers owner Jerry Buss

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On Thursday, I asked Lakers fans to share their favorite memories of team owner Jerry Buss, who will be inducted Friday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. I already explained how Buss set the standard for winning, but below are some more insights on what has made Buss such a great owner.

"My favorite memory of Jerry Buss was when he sided with Magic and fired Paul Westhead. He placed Chick Hearn's side kick color commentator as the new Coach, Pat Riley who got in return a Championship on autopilot coaching in 1981-82 season." -- Edwin Gueco

"My favorite thing was when he televised the games and let us watch them on cable. That really created a following for the Lakers. And of course, made my life more complete....." -- Fatty

"Best memory of Buss ... When he signed Magic to 25 year contract for 25 million. It was unheard of at the time, but Dr. Buss was showing his commitment to winning. 10 titles in 30 years is beyond comprehension. Yet his thrist for more hardware is as strong as ever as witnessed by paying excessive luxury tax to sign LO in 2009 and Fish, Blake and Shannon this summer; and agreeing to carry 14 players..Yes, Dr. Buss spends the necessary money to have a great team, but he also hires competent people and let them do their job. I also appreciate Dr. Buss because unlike a lot of big spending owners (Jerry Jones, Mark Cuban) he realizes that he's not the show - - but the players are." -- LRob

"Regarding Dr. Buss; you are the best owner in the history of the game and through your vision ensured that there will continue to be a game. You have always done right by the team and put the best players out on the court, even if it hurt your pocket book. You have brought tremendous joy to and have instilled great pride in multiple generations of fans." -- Hogan

"Congratulations Dr. Buss ... you definitely deserve to go into the NBA Hall of Fame... All your innovative ideas, commitment to winning, and aggressive spending for the best talent, has made the Lakers the best franchise in the league...As a loyal fan, I thank you for the exciting, memorable, and historic Laker moment you have provided...The Lakers are one of the bright spots in people lives, in these times of struggle..." -- LEWSTRS

"It is really difficult to write anything about Jerry Buss in such a limit paragraph. I remember seeing him here in Bakersfield Robobank for the pre-season lakers games two year in a row. You would think the owner would a least seat next to the team or court side . Wrong? He's seating at a regular seating like me and you. I approached him for an autograph and thanks him for bringing the Lakers in town. When I see him in person, I can tell right away that he put the team first in term of winning and the fans second. He is just a winner and the best owner in sport history. no doubt......God Bless you...." -- JAY WOO

"Jerry Buss' greatest achievement might just be Jeanie, who appears to have kept Phil in the fold longer than he might have otherwise." -- Rick Friedman

"Dr. Buss: thank you for your vision, unparalled excellence and creating a worldwide brand name. All of this has been done without the pomp and circumstance of Mr. Al Davis or the overbearing audacity of Mr. Steinbrenner (RIP). Dr. Buss' passion for the game of basketball has transcended all other NBA franchises with class and unwavering support. The mission remains the same today as it did more than 30 years ago, WIN! In the crazy backdrop of Hollywood glitz, glamour and $$$, you could have easily been tangled in its web. Instead you embraced it. And while there have been a couple dry spells, your steadfast guidance endured. Like the poker player you are, you take risks and know when to pounce or fold. But in the end, you strategically place pieces together to form a TEAM. It's always been about the TEAM and that is why you have such loyal fans today. Thank you Dr. Buss!!! Cheers to many more champions, banners and parades!" -- PsychedLakerGirl

"Here's the HOF speech For Dr. Buss: 'Thank you for this great honor. My remarks will be brief. A great man once said he didn't deserve the honors being bestowed on him, because in fact, "I have stood on the shoulders of giants." And so have I. Here today, I stand before you on the shoulders of Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kobe Bryant .. .and yes, you too, Shaquille O'Neal. Together, shoulder to shoulder, you have all carried me to this place, this point on the arc of my life. If I deserve anything at all for that journey, I would be satisfied enough if even one fan of the Los Angeles Lakers said, "He did everything he could to make their burden lighter and our joy greater." Thank you. -- CornerJ

"Dr. Buss has facilitated the creation of three of the greatest Laker ... no, make that NBA teams in history. He's shown a knack for timing and recognizing when a player makes a team what it is (Magic, Shaq, and Kobe) and when a player's ego is more of a detriment than a benefit (Shaq). More than any other owner, Dr. Buss understands both basketball and the business of basketball and is able to balance when to keep a team together just to keep the money coming in, and when to blow a team up to ensure that titles will roll in." -- Jolly Rancher

"Dr. Buss - I love you. You have always had the audacity to win. You did whatever it took to keep the parades moving down Figueroa, and the Larry O here in LA where it belongs. As a true Lakerholic, I am forever in your debt. Thank you and congratulations!" -- justanothermambafan

"Dr. Buss deserves a place not only in LAKERS-lore, but also NBA-lore. It has been universally reported for decades now how the Lakers-Celtics/Magic-Bird rivalry revived, if not saved, the NBA back in the '80's. But credit to Buss is much more deserved here than what most reporters ever mention.

It was LAKERS SHOWTIME that really was the catalyst for the NBA revival, moving the spotlight away from drug scandals (Phoenix traded almost their entire TEAM over an 18 month period to cleanse their organization!) and brutality on the court (fights were common and horrible images that fanned racial sentiments).

It was LAKERS SHOWTIME that changed the landscape of TV contracts. When LA beat Philly in 1980, I remember following most games via the dreaded "tape-delay" at 11:30 PM local time in LA. (That's right,,, 11:30 PM!) In fact, I remember talking to my dad the evening of Game 6 when LA beat Philly thanks to Magic's best game ever. That game was tape delayed in Hawaii!" -- LakerMike

-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Jerry Buss at the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

 
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Dr. Buss deserves to be in the HOF, he made the Lakers girls.
That itself is enough!
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Long live Dr. Buss!!!

Re-post. (The threads seem to be changing every few minutes this afternoon. Got an itchy trigger finger today, MM?)

Now it gets interesting. 14 players on the team – but only 12 on the starting roster. I hope Phil doesn’t decide ahead of time that Ebanks and Caracter are the odd men out simply by virtue of being rookies. Set aside Kobe, Pau, Ron, Drew, Lamar, Fish, and Blake, and there are five available slots on the active roster. I say let the remaining seven players COMPETE for those 5 slots. If Ebanks and Caracter out-hustle and out-play some of the others, then the two rooks earn their place on the active roster. No free rides to some of the vets.

Allnet - I spaced this post out to be posted a few hours after my item on Buss, but then breaking news happened with Brad Turner reporting the Lakers formally signed a deal with Derrick Caracter.

MM

hobbitmage,


Thanks. Now I want to go jump off a bridge.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!!

MM,

Thanks for the RCOTD on one of the earlier post. Now I'm official. YEAH!

MM - keep em coming baby...

Dr. Jerry Buss - I LOVE you sir...you and the Lakers are one of the few bright spots in this terrible economy and stagnant business growth...

I might have a day from hell at the office, but I can come home, shut everything out, and enjoy the Los Angeles Lakers...Thanks to you, it was a total bad day after all...

Shout out to Mamba24...GREAT bandwagon today...giving Dr. Buss his well deserved props...YOU ARE DA MAN...BAYBEE!

I hope PJ diverts away from his policy of not playing the rookies...Please Phil, give them some quality minutes, not just garbage time...

Mitch and Dr. Buss...EXCELLENT JOB this summer, on the draft picks and free agents you have signed...

LET'S GO LAKESHOW...#17 Coming Up...

Staples24 wrote:


My new starting Five


Blake
Kobe
Artest
Gasol
Bynum


1st bench (Odom, Barnes, Fisher) comes in

Fisher
Kobe
Barnes
Odom
Gasol


3rd bench (Brown, Ebanks, Caracter, Bynum comes in)

Blake
Brown
Ebanks
Odom/Caracter
Caracter/Bynum


Back to starters, (Kobe, Artest Gasol) Blake, Bynum


I do not see any playing time for Ratliff, Sasha and Luke.


my response:

That's why Staples24 isn't GM. [ For the record neither am I. ]

Reasons why D-Fish is the starter:

1. Leadership. Those darn intangibles again.
2. Chemistry.
3. Kobe wants him.

Reason(s) why Ratliff will get playing time:

1. Bynum injuries
2. Defense. He's a better defensive center than Bynum is.
3. You actually want to limit the number of minutes played by the
starters so that they're fresh wne the playoffs happen.
4. He's actually a reasonable player.

re: Ebanks & Character.

At this point in time, it is foolish to pencil in two rookies over two veteran
players who have been instrumental to the Lakers good fortune.

Watching Luke against Orlando, he played correctly. He didn't fill up the
stat sheet, but he played correctly. Furthermore, he's actually a smart player
and knows the offense well. Lakers vs. Phx he actually coached Artest on
the triangle offense and helped Artest see his mistakes. This was already
spoken about.

Sasha is actually the best shooter on the bench. He attempts to play defense.
He's got some size. If he had not been injured towards the end of the season,
I suspect that he would have played more. I could be wrong.

I have said this before, but I'll repeat it. b/n Sasha and Shannon we have a
good SG. I expect them both to get some playing time this year. If Sasha is
hitting his shots, I expect most of the Sasha-hate to disappear.

Allnet,

You didn't add Barnes. He's going to get his time. You didn't add Ratliff.
He's going to get his time too.

I maintain that a lineup of: Blake, Sasha/Shannon/Barnes/LO/Ratliff will
be able to beat any bench in the NBA. & a number of starting lineups also.

Yes, I am a fan of the machine!

Go Sasha!
Go Lakers!!!

Now I know that the reason I'm a Laker is not only Magic, it is Dr. Buss! For me, SHOWTIME is more important than even winning. To play the game in a fair/square way, in a beautiful way, this is what I call GREATNESS!!!!
Posted by: Magic Phil | August 13, 2010 at 01:28 PM
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MagicPhil - I agree about the Showtime element. That's why I thought re-signing Shannon was really important so we could keep some element of Showtime.

I also agree about playing clean and fairly. That's why I really despised the Celtics of the 80's and Bad Boy Pistons. Both great teams but too dirty.

I too am a fan of the Machine...

I'm on the bus with hobbitmage...

Thanks for the RCOTD on one of the earlier post. Now I'm official. YEAH!
Posted by: LRob | August 13, 2010 at 02:45 PM
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It takes so little to make some people happy. In this day and age this is such a refreshing trait to see LROB. CONGRATS, KUDOS and...OUT FREAKING STANDING SIR!!!! Carry On!

I too am a fan of the Machine ...

I'm on the bus with HOBBITMAGE & LEWSTRS....

Thanks MMfor the props, here is another thing in love affairs with the "Harems", they don't get into trouble with patrimony suits, bigamy or multi-affairs class action suit. In the case of other celebrities, Tiger couldn't handle a foreign wife and his habits of multiple girlfriends; Kobe was brought down with one affair; OJ got involved in a bloody mess with a separated wife, politicians like: Edwards, Sanford and Clinton were drawn into messy dalliance with their uncontrolled sensual appetite. Well, Dr. Buss is just one septuagenarian, (without meeting him, Justa already fell in love) playboy Hugh Hefner is another one, they have no problems with their love life or lives. They are not really good looking men at age 76 but they have the "it" at that age, how can you please a super hot babe every night? That alone is another HOF category in efficient utilization of hybrid energy.

Ummmm HELLOOOO!!!

FAN OF THE MACHINE HERE!!!!

LOL Edwin!! I love Dr. Buss from a fan's standpoint of what he's done to make us Lakerholics happy - namely keeping up the winning tradition.

Don't be starting rumors - there's enough of them already on here lol!

Edwin - also - just so you know - if Heff or Buss didn't have the bucks, those babes wouldn't know either one of them from Adam.

LEWSTRS sir I think we need one of your Vans for the Machine. Lol!

Edwin - also - just so you know - if Heff or Buss didn't have the bucks, those babes wouldn't know either one of them from Adam. Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 13, 2010 at 03:03 PM
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I thught the song said money can't buy you Love. You mean they lied?

Yes Folks it's an all Mamba Clan Blog Fest! Lol!

justa,
Bingo, nail on head.

Thanks JustAnotherMambaFan, You may have saved my life.

Sorry my dear Justa' - love means not to say we're sorry. I just use your love as a fan into the mix. Before we can reach Dr. Buss, we'll pass a lot of security of cordon sanitaire. Well, Tiger and the politicians are also rich and glib talkers, yet they don't have that tantalizing personality of a born Harem. I know some Gatsby who are just super experts in love relationship while others with a good looking face, a german car could not attract a date!

LOL Mamba24! Money can NOT buy you love. But it can buy you pretty much everything else. Like Lakers season tickets. Now THAT's love!!

Like Lakers season tickets. Now THAT's love!! Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 13, 2010 at 03:13 PM
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The hell with Love, I'll take the season tickets everytime.

Mamba24 - I take it you didn't get re-remarried?

Here's 2014-15 Lakers roster:
Owner: Jennie and Phil (They finally got married after PJ retired)
GM: Mitch Kupchak
Head Coach: Brian Shaw (not sure if he would still use triangle)
Asst. Coach: Derek Fisher and Luke Walton
Starting 5->
C: Bynum
P: Caracter
SF: Durant
SG: Kobe
PG: Russell Westbrook
**After OKC kept losing to the Lakers in the playoff, Durant and Westbrook dicided to join the Lakers..of course, Kobe text messaged to them.)

Bench Mob-> Gasol, Odom, Artest, Ebanks, 3 more steals from the draft.

LAKERS FOREVER!!!!!!

LEWSTRS -- Thanks for the love. Much appreciated

MM

LRob - Hey you made an insightful comment and thought it deserved some recognition

MM

Mamba - Thanks, btw did I miss your response from earlier inquiry about possible nuptials and testing of the Commodores...once...twice...three times theory?

Mamba - Thanks, btw did I miss your response from earlier inquiry about possible nuptials and testing of the Commodores...once...twice...three times theory?Posted by: LRob | August 13, 2010 at 03:25 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!! Simply Vicious!!! SWEET JESUS!!!
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Mamba24 - I take it you didn't get re-remarried? Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 13, 2010 at 03:21 PM
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No Justa my dear, poor Mamba24 the misfit got dumped once again.
So that's it for Love & me. NO MAS! NO MAS!


Show Sasha "The Machine" Vujacic Some Love

====------ === ------===
/_____l______l__ ___\____
ll--- Sasha Fans Bandwaggon -----]
L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

hobbitmage
LEWSTRS
Mamba24
justanothermambafan

LEWSTRS,


I, too, am a fan of The Machine.


The Machine could have missed those freethrows in Game Seven of the Finals.


The Machine did not miss those freethrows.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

Show Sasha "The Machine" Vujacic Some Love

====------ === ------===
/_____l______l__ ___\____
ll--- Sasha Fans Bandwaggon -----]
L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

hobbitmage
LEWSTRS
Mamba24
justanothermambafan
Jon K

Jon K - no WAY Machine miss free throws. Machine never let BFF Kobe down like that. Machine love BFF Kobe.

Lewstrs - I'm rolling with the Machine!

Machine wants to take justa to Laker game...

Machine will make sure eyebrows are good for justa...

Machine will wear neck brace for padding when justa punch Machine in neck...

Machine like punch from girls...Machine get punch everytime Machine get headband from Laker girls...

Machine say girls from home country punch boys, because they want some hanky panky...

Machine very like doing hanky panky...

Hey guys we got a live chat up

MM

I'm a huge machine nut. As I said before, this year will be the rise of the machine.


@LRob, Oh by the way you see what that once, twice, three times a lady ISH did for Lionel Ritchie and his career ! LMAO!!!

Machine's new nick name will be...Ultimate Machine 2011 (aka,BMW)

Machine will make sure eyebrows are good for justa...

Machine will wear neck brace for padding when justa punch Machine in neck...

Machine like punch from girls...Machine get punch everytime Machine get headband from Laker girls...

Machine say girls from home country punch boys, because they want some hanky panky...

Machine very like doing hanky panky...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | August 13, 2010 at 03:48 PM
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Simply put...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! Carry On!

Machine's new nick name will be...Ultimate Machine 2011 (aka,BMW)
Posted by: LakerPeace | August 13, 2010 at 03:52 PM
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Nice! I like it!

Favorite memories of "DOCTOR" Jerry Buss???

Watching him and Jeanie Buss dumping $1 bills at Bare Elegance. Buss was a frequent visit of the club, dated many girls there.

LRob, Oh by the way you see what that once, twice, three times a lady ISH did for Lionel Ritchie and his career ! LMAO!!!
Posted by: mamba24 | August 13, 2010 at 03:51 PM

Good right? He went solo blew up shortly thereafter...good omen for you...lol

No Justa my dear, poor Mamba24 the misfit got dumped once again.
So that's it for Love & me. NO MAS! NO MAS!
Posted by: mamba24 | August 13, 2010 at 03:32 PM

Mamba,
I'm not buying it. To quote our beloved Jack Nicholson...Sell crazy somewhere else. We're all stocked up here!

MM - Have a great vacation. FYI you owe us 2 minutes for closing the chat early.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/reagan-insider-gop-destroyed-us-economy-2010-08-10

Fantastic reading.

Posted by: hobbitmage | August 13, 2010 at 02:24 PM


Thanks, that is a great read!
I know LakerTom and a few others on hear would enjoy it.

Congrats to Dr.B for his well-deserved induction into the HOF. Lakers fans couldn't ask for a better owner.

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@wes

Thanks for the recommendations. Although I'm new to the genre, I have at least seen 'Enter the Dragon'(LOL) but, I'll be sure to check out 'Invincible Armor', 'Mask of Death', and '7 Grand Masters'.


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

I have been reading blog and posted now and then. I have had a bad year health wise and been in and out of hospitals 5 times the last 3 months.

I will post more as I get better but I noticed a trend I don't like.

For one I am the one and original Justa. Just because my named got jacked does not make it ok to accept. Sorry but I feel strongly about this. Would you Mamba24, Edwin, Lewstrs, LRob, etc like it if I blogged under your names? I doubt it!
So I think I am getting a lot of disrespet
on this blog. The name jacker should find a new handle or add last name.

Sorry for the rant blog family but this is how I feel.

JustaLakerFan
aka Justa


MM,

Thanks for the link to ESPN's Chris Sheridan interview with the 'Big O' in the Caught in the Web post..he's one of my all-time favorite players. I used to luv to watch him and 'The Logo' go at it back in da day. :-)


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

Justa,

I hope you're doing OK now. No offense intended in using the name Justa but i will grant your wish. As you may have observed we're lazy to the whole thing so nicknames are created to our frequent poster JMFan. It is just a name but important to some others. Are you now out of the woods completely from the medical ailment? Take care man and we'll try to entertain u with our posts, M24 does not miss your name in the roll call.

Congratulations Dr. Buss on your Hall of Fame induction!
You, sir, do what it takes to bring winners to the Laker name, unlike the pathetic owners of the Dodgers & Kings.
You are indeed a players/fans owner - thanks for all the Championships, Dr. Buss :-)
Best wishes going forward.

Dr. Buss, chapter 3 is as good as the previous two, and the ending could be just as glorious. Keep on adding chapters to this wonderful story book. Congratulations!

Not only did he make the Laker Girls, he's dated most of them!

Dr. Buss is the greatest. I will forever respect how he's kept the Laker championship alumni players around the franchise. Micheal Cooper, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Norm Nixon, and James Worthy have been associated with the Lakers in some capacity other than coach and GM for a long time.
That's classy and what creates our winning atmosphere and tradition. It means a lot because the fans love these guys and for an owner to do it the right way means a ton.

Also, I thank Dr. Buss for the 3rd Laker title run which he opened his wallet for and went after. That is the Kobe, Pau, and Fish team of the last 2yrs.


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