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Lakers owner Jerry Buss honors the streak

LAKERS

He discusses why he is willing to spend a league-high $112.7 million on payroll, his desire to keep Bryant and Jackson, and why he skipped the title festivities.

November 23, 2009|By Mike Bresnahan

"I'm getting a little older and I guess during something like that I become very animated and use sometimes questionable language," Buss said. "In this particular case, I thought it was going to be a very tough tussle and I wanted to be kind of free to jump up and down and scream and kick things.

"I talked Jimmy into staying with me, and I had Jeanie with me. It became kind of a family affair in our room where we could all shout and holler without making a spectacle of ourselves. We didn't pop a [champagne] cork, but we sure danced around and held hands."

What about skipping the victory parade? Buss was photographed while sitting at a poker table in a casino, the parade being shown on a large TV in the background.

"I've been to a bunch of parades and the problem is you only see the part you're in," Buss said. "If you watch it on TV, you can see the whole thing, and it's really kind of fun. I watched the parade, as somebody can prove because they showed the TV in the picture of me playing poker."

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