Thursday, June 18, 2009

THANK YOU Dr. Jerry Buss












When championships occur we typically hear about the great players, the coaches, the GMs or management and on a few occasions, the owner or ownership group.

In the case of Dr. Jerry Buss, here is man that 30 years ago bought a franchise and has now brought 9 NBA championships to the City of Angels, as well as the top marquee players in NBA history!

In the hoopla over Phil Jackson winning his 10th NBA title, Kobe Bryant winning his first without Shaquille O'Neal, etc., it went all but unnoticed that owner Jerry Buss won his ninth. . . .

No NBA owner ever won more. . . .

Six ownership groups presided over the Boston Celtics during their Bill Russell-led run of 11 titles in 13 years. . . .

Without Buss, who followed form by staying out of sight Wednesday as the Southland celebrated his team, there might have been far fewer Lakers parades -- or maybe none at all. . . .

They didn't get one in 1972. . . .

Their first championship celebration, in 1980, drew about 6,000 to a downtown parade and about 8,000 to a City Hall rally. . . .

Riding in her ninth parade was Marge Hearn, 91-year-old widow of Chick, who noted afterward, "I think tonight I'll skip my dinner and stay in to see how it looked on TV because it certainly was fun. Those younger players were just in awe."

2 comments:

Pastorius said...

Buss is the man. Yesterday, a Jeannie Buss radio interview made me aware of something I hadn't previously known. (Actually, I should have known it, but I never added it up in my mind.)

Five of the Lakers titles came when they were in Minneapolis.

One was in the 70's.

Five in the 80's.

And now, four in the 2K's.

This means Buss is responsible for the perception of the Lakers as being a team like the Yankees. If it weren't for Buss, the Lakers would be more like the Detroit Tigers or someone like that who has barely won any championships.

Actually, another way of looking at it is, the Lakers are the house that Magic built.

I guess that's why Buss gave Magic an ownership role.

Carlos Echevarria said...

Jeannie is one tough cookie, huh?

No pushover.

I look her style, really saucy, on top of being articulate & funny!