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May 25, 1989 | Scott Ostler
So Arsenio Hall, sizzling comet of a talk-show host, and Irving Azoff, King Midas of the record biz, are enjoying a Laker game at the Forum from Irving's courtside seats, down there where your hair gets mussed by the jet stream. Maybe it's the force field of highly charged molecular particles that are set to bouncing by the Laker fast break and can be felt only by the chosen 128 courtsiders, but Arsenio has a burst of creativity and comes up with this hilarious spoof of a rap artist.
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April 27, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
Nowadays, it's the price tag that makes a house famous. The most expensive U.S. home ever sold, a single-family Connecticut house bought by a company, recently went for $120 million. It used to be the owners who made the house famous. Which made Beverly Hills' Pickfair, after the White House, perhaps the most famous house in the country as the home of moviedom's Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. The next owner of Pickfair rose in the pantheon as well: Jerry Buss, who made the L.A. Lakers one of the winningest franchises in NBA history.
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February 19, 2013 | David Wharton
When Jerry Buss bought the Lakers in 1979, he wanted to build a championship team. He also wanted to put on a show. The new owner gave courtside seats to movie stars. He hired pretty women to dance during timeouts. He spent freely on big stars and encouraged a fast-paced, exuberant style of play. As the Lakers sprinted to one NBA title after another, Buss cut an audacious figure in the stands, an aging playboy in bluejeans, often with a younger woman. "I really tried to create a Laker image, a distinct identity," he once said.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Jerry Buss' show-stopping mansion in Playa del Rey has sold for $5.1 million. The custom Italian-style villa was built in 1998 by the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and billionaire, and it shows. Lakers logos are incorporated in the home's stained-glass double-door entry, which opens to a rotunda. Spanish tile floors, wood-beam ceilings and a winding staircase continue the architectural style inside. A three-stop elevator also connects the 10,846 square feet of living space. There are multiple balconies, three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms -- just enough excess to befit the man who transformed the local professional basketball team into what became known as "Showtime" by giving seats to celebrities and entertaining fans with the Laker Girls.
NEWS
February 20, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
It would be hard to overstate Jerry Buss' impact on the Lakers empire. The 30-year-plus owner of the NBA franchise, who died Monday at age 80, oversaw an era in which the team averaged a championship almost once every three years and injected some purple and gold into L.A.'s Dodger blue blood. Not surprisingly, The Times' print edition on Tuesday was filled with articles on Buss, both on the front page and in the Sports section. The coverage online has also been exhaustive. But for some readers, The Times' coverage was overkill.
OPINION
February 20, 2013
Re " 'Showtime' ringmaster," Obituary, Feb. 19 Earlier this season at a Lakers-Clippers game, both of us - lifelong Lakers fans - used the occasion to express our frustration with the team this year by holding up a sign giving owner Jerry Buss' son Jim a thumbs-down for what we perceived from the sidelines as poor choices related to the team. With Jerry Buss' passing Monday, that sentiment seems unimportant. In reality, our frustration was borne out of the incredible success Lakers fans have become accustomed to. Our sincere condolences to Jim Buss and the entire Lakers organization.
SPORTS
February 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Legendary Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, 80, died Monday, leaving an impressive NBA legacy behind him. Join us at 10:30 a.m. today as Times Lakers writer Mike Bresnhan and Deputy Sports Editor John Cherwa discuss Buss in a live video chat you will be able to watch on this post. Viewers will be able to submit questions and comments during the live chat. As Times staff writer David Wharton wrote in Buss' obit , "A self-made millionaire who built his fortune in real estate, Buss bought the Lakers in 1979.
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February 26, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Time Warner Cable SportsNet is scheduled to air a "special tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Jerry Buss" on Wednesday's episode of "Backstage: Lakers. " Buss died last week after a lengthy battle with an undisclosed form of cancer. Set to air at 5 p.m., the behind-the-scenes look at the Lakers will "feature highlights from last week's memorial service for Dr. Buss," the channel said in a release. The program will also show moments from Wednesday's pre-game ceremony honoring Buss, prior to the Lakers' 113-99 win over the Boston Celtics, it said.
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February 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The other L.A. pro sports teams have been sent their thoughts and condolences after the death Monday of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Clippers: "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. " Dodgers: "The Dodgers extend our deepest sympathies to the Buss family and the Lakerson the passing of one of the greatest owners in NBA history. " Angels: "A sad day for Southern California sports.
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February 18, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The loss of Jerry Buss has already been felt far and wide. “The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come," said NBA Commissioner David Stern in a prepared statement.  "More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.” "Jerry Buss was a visionary, a winner and a dear friend," said Clippers' owner Donald T. Sterling, also in a statement.  "Our city will miss him, our league will miss him and the Sterling family will truly miss him. " PHOTOS: Jerry Buss through the years Two additional Pacific Division rivals voiced their support as well.
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April 22, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have promoted Jim Perzik from general counsel to senior vice president of legal affairs/secretary, while hiring Dan Grigsby to fill Perzik's former position. Grigsby previously was partner and chairman of the National Sports Law Group with the law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell. "Having worked with Dan as our outside legal representative for over 30 years, we're very familiar and comfortable with him, and have the highest regard for him as both an attorney and person,” said Jeanie Buss in a statement Tuesday.
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April 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The six brothers and sisters, with a gap of 31 years from eldest to youngest, gathered in the winter near the first anniversary of their father's death to discuss some problems about the family business. It's also the city's treasured sports team - the Lakers. The team was nose-diving in the standings, losing the interest of fans, and grinding toward its worst season since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1960. So Jeanie Buss posed an elementary question to her siblings: What was going on with the Lakers?
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April 5, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
For more than a half century, few in this town have loved and lived the Lakers like Joe Smith. The former record mogul has four season seats on the baseline next to the Lakers bench. He has held those seats since the team arrived in Los Angeles. He has become as much of a fixture under the basket as the ballboys and Laker girls. No single ticket holder has endured longer, and certainly no single fan has invested more. For 54 years, Joe Smith has loved the Lakers graciously, gratefully and unconditionally.
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March 24, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
For much of our adult lives, the Lakers have been the toast of the town. That's why the anguish is so understandable now that they are merely toast. But in the midst of all the noise, have we not missed some of the more salient points? Are we so engrossed in our need for instant gratification that we cannot look beyond the most recent tweet? Even as we dissect everything about the Lakers as if they were biology-class frogs, aren't we getting off track a bit? There is no intention here of being an apologist.
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March 20, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers took their team photo on Thursday, well most of them. Jordan Hill missed the annual event, arriving late to the team's practice facility, according to a Lakers spokesman. Also absent in the photo is any member of the Buss family, with owners Jim and Jeanie Buss sitting out.   It's team photo day at El Segundo. #GoLakers pic.twitter.com/epoQ4zQAME - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 20, 2014 After the passing of Jerry Buss last February, the Lakers honored their late owner with a basketball sitting on an empty chair in between Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.
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March 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On Tuesday, the New York Knicks introduced Phil Jackson as president. Later that night, Jeanie Buss, the Lakers co-owner and executive who is Jackson's fiancée, said the Lakers didn't have a job for him. "He was not offered any official position," said Buss on " Access SportsNet " on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.  "There were a lot of Laker functions that Phil was with me, because he was there to support me in no official capacity....
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February 20, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
A notable list of former and current Lakers players will be speaking at Jerry Buss' memorial service Thursday at Nokia Theatre. The event will be emceed by local broadcaster Jim Hill and televised live by Time Warner Cable SportsNet at 3 p.m. The list of speakers: AEG executive Tim Leiweke, Johnny Buss, Buss business associate Frank Mariani, David Stern, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol, Pat Riley, Kobe Bryant and Magic...
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February 18, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Here's the Lakers' statement on the death of owner Jerry Buss, who helped lead the team to 10 NBA championships since purchasing the franchise in 1979. Within the team's statement are comments from the Buss family. "Dr. Jerry Buss, longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed away today at 5:55 a.m. after a long illness. He was 80 years old.  "'We not only have lost our cherished father, but a beloved man of our community and a person respected by the world basketball community,' a statement released on behalf of the Buss family said.
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March 14, 2014
Lakers' ownership announces they've signed Kobe to a max contract without knowing the status of his health, Phil announces he's signing with the Knicks, and Webster's dictionary announces they're putting a picture of Jim next to the word "Blunderbuss. " Jerry Leibowitz Culver City :: You could put Phil Jackson, Pat Riley and Jerry West in the Lakers' front office and they still wouldn't be able to surround the aging $24-million-per-year Kobe Bryant with enough talent to resurrect the Lakers in one or two years because there isn't enough room left under the salary cap. Bryant will just have to endure his frustration over the Lakers losing all the way to the bank.
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March 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The New York Knicks won't know what kind of basketball executive they're getting even if, as reports have indicated, Phil Jackson agrees to join their front office by the end of the week. Will he be as shrewd in constructing a roster as he was in coaching one? Will he put in the legwork required to scout and evaluate players? Will he relocate to New York? Can he travel extensively at age 68? The Knicks can't be sure of any of this. But there will be one certainty as far as the Lakers are concerned: They let Jackson get away again.
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