Kobe & Lakers honor Jerry Buss before Celtics Game | Magic Johnson gets Emotional
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Kobe Bryant and the Lakers honored the great Jerry Buss, who passed away at the age of 80 last week, before the Celtics game last night. The tribute started off with a montage and then a speech by Kobe Byrant that lead into a moment of silence. It was only fitting that the tribute came against the Celtics on a night where the Lakers beat the long time rival.
Aside from convincing Kobe Bryant to stay with the Lakers in 2007 when he was about to be shipped to the Pistons, Buss is the primary reason for the success of the Lakers franchise. He bought the Lakers along with the Kings in 1979 for $67.5 million and after 10 championships and a who’s who of NBA legends ranging from Magic to Kareem to Shaq to Kobe, the most popular franchise among the stars is now worth a billion dollars. Aside from the hall of fame players he hired the greatest GM of all-time in Jerry West and two of the best coaches of all-time – Pat Riley and Phil Jackson.
Most praise him for being a great owner and busineesman but he was also a mentor to Magic Johnson who is probably the best businessman in basketball now.
“He allowed me to look at the books. He took me through the books. That’s the reason I’m a businessman today, because of Dr. Buss. He allowed me to buy into the Lakers,” Johnson said. (Next to the championships) … it was my second greatest moment, owning the Lakers. I’m indebted to him.
“He is a man that touched so many peoples’ lives. He allowed me to be one of the Buss boys.”
Magic also gave an emotional tribute to Buss on ESPN
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My tribute to the Lakers that I made back in 2004
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