Jerry Buss

The self-made millionaire bought the Lakers in 1979 and brought a sense of showmanship that transformed pro basketball from sport to spectacle. With marquee players such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, his teams won 10 championships. He was 80. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-me-jerry-buss-20130219,0,6996360.story" class="center_label">Full obituary</a> | <a href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-jerry-buss-pictures-20130214,0,6879149.photogallery"><span class="center_label">Photos</span></a>
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<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-2012notables-gallery,0,1269713.photogallery"><span class="center_label">Notable deaths of 2012</span></a>

( Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / February 18, 2013 )

The self-made millionaire bought the Lakers in 1979 and brought a sense of showmanship that transformed pro basketball from sport to spectacle. With marquee players such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, his teams won 10 championships. He was 80. Full obituary | Photos
Notable deaths of 2012

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