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Jerry Buss dies: Mark Cuban, Mayor Villaraigosa add to tributes

February 18, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban released a message of his admiration of Jerry Buss.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban released a message of his admiration… (Larry W. Smith / EPA )

Tributes to Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who died Monday at 80, are beginning to pour in, with people expressing their admiration for Buss.

From Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, via Twitter: "RIP Jerry Buss. Your encouragement and support along with your stories of staying true to yourself had an enormous impact on me."

From L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: "Dr. Jerry Buss was a cornerstone of the Los Angeles sports community and his name will always be synonymous with his beloved Lakers. It was through his stewardship that the Lakers brought "Showtime" basketball and numerous championship rings to this great city.

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"Today we mourn the loss and celebrate the life of a man who helped shape the modern landscape of sports in LA, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."

From Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of AEG: "Dr. Buss was our partner, our mentor and our friend. He was kind enough to allow us into his world and much of the success we enjoyed at Staples Center and L.A. Live is directly attributed to him. I do not believe we will ever find anyone quite like him. Our prayers and thoughts are with [daughter] Jeanie and the entire Buss family.”

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