Remembering Dr. Buss

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While he was best known as the 10-time NBA champion owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dr. Jerry Buss will also be remembered as an exemplary all-around Trojan who was a proud supporter of USC athletics, especially track and field, football and basketball.  Dr. Buss died today after losing his fight with cancer.

Buss-Jerry.jpgClick here for his LA Times obituary.

As a USC student, Buss earned his doctorate in physical chemistry, and then proceeded to teach the subject at Troy.  As a proud alum, he was a fixture at Trojan athletic events, never missing a football game, and always passionate about basketball and track and field.  He also extended a permanent invitation to the Trojan Marching Band to play at Lakers game to provide a collegiate atmosphere. 

"Jerry Buss always will be remembered as one of the greatest owners in pro sports history, as well as a very bright and successful businessman," said USC Athletic Director Pat Haden.  "Those of us at USC also knew him as a great Trojan.  He had an affinity for USC and its teams dating back to his days as a student and teacher here.  He was extremely giving of his time and support for his Trojans. 

"Over the years, he was a familiar figure at many USC sporting events and he had a particular affection for Trojan football, basketball and track and field, as well as the Trojan Marching Band.  The Trojan Family will miss him dearly.  We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and to all those in Laker Nation who loved him."

UPDATED: Reaction from USC women's basketball head coach and Lakers legend Michael Cooper.

"Dr. Buss was a very special owner to me," said Cooper. "He was the most generous, kind and compassionate person and he gave something to Los Angeles at a time when it really needed a spark in the city.

"He got the Lakers involved and made them the City of Angels' team. He will forever be missed. It was so special for me to play for the best owner and for him to be the only owner I've known. He'll be cherished and remembered forever."

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