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Reaction to Jerry Buss' death

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Reaction to the death of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss at 80:

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"The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come. More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend." — NBA Commissioner David Stern.

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"We have lost a true giant. Jerry Buss was more than just an owner. He was one of the great innovators that any sport has ever encountered. He was a true visionary and it was obvious with the Lakers in the 80's that 'Showtime' was more than just Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was really the vision of a man who saw something that connected with a community. I was privileged to be part of that for 10 years and even more grateful for the friendship that has lasted all these many years. I have always come to realize that if it weren't for Dr. Buss, I wouldn't be where I am today. He was a great friend and will be missed." — former Lakers coach Pat Riley.

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"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." — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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"Jerry was always supportive of the many tough decisions that were made during our time together. I will particularly remember fondly our walks together during training camps, which were some of the highlights of my time working with him and the Lakers. I was blessed to have the opportunity to work for him and I will miss him dearly. We lost a great man today and a legend in our business." — former Lakers general manager Jerry West, now a consultant with the Golden State Warriors.

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"I think he was a role model for all owners. He figured out so many things about our sport before other owners did. Even coming in as a new guy, he figured out things — economics of the game, presentation of the game. And just as a human being, the ultimate class act." — former Atlanta Hawks executive Stan Kasten, who is now president of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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"As an NBA owner, Dr. Buss was in a league of his own. I loved listening to his stories and appreciated his willingness to always engage in discussion and offer me positive encouragement and advice. He will be greatly missed." — Phoenix Suns managing partner Robert Sarver.

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"Condolences to the Buss family. Dr Buss was not only the greatest sports owner, but a true friend & just a really cool guy. Loved him dearly." — Lakers Hall of Fame forward James Worthy.

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

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"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. Today we mourn the loss and celebrate the life of a man who helped shape the modern landscape of sports in L.A." — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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"My thoughts and prayers are with the Buss family. Dr. Jerry Buss was like a Dad to me and is a tremendous loss to (at)Lakers fam." — former Lakers forward Dennis Rodman.

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"What a visionary. What a leader. What a friend. Rest in peace Dr. Buss." — former Lakers forward A.C. Green.

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"RIP to the legend Jerry Buss." — Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant.

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