Famed Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss passed away on Monday at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer that was kept out of the press for almost a year. He officially died of kidney failure early Monday morning.
The Lakers played their first game since Buss’ passing on Wednesday night against their rival, the Boston Celtics.
Before tip-off, the Lakers honored Buss with a video montage Jumbotron and with a speech from Kobe Bryant:
Buss purchased the Lakers and 1979 and won 10 NBA Championships with the team while he was owner. He also brought in all-time greats like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaq, Kobe and many others to play in L.A.
His Staples Center suite was also left empty and his empty chair was left illuminated during the game.
The Lakers beat the Celtics 113-99, adding to the night that honored Buss.
RIP to one of the greatest sports owners of all time.
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