Buss is back, and I wanted to know, how, why, and will it ever end?
This is him, the powerful owner dining on takeout from California Pizza Kitchen, the glamorous owner wearing blue jeans, the brainy owner celebrated for his babes.
"I don't mind that people think of me like that," the 75-year-old man says of his penchant for dating younger woman.
"I have a 24-year-old girlfriend right now," he says. "I've known her six years."
Go ahead, laugh, raise your eyebrows, nudge your buddy.
Do it all the way to June, when Buss, boldness and competitiveness could again lead this team to another NBA Finals.
Do you know that in his 29 years, the Lakers have made the Finals 13 times? Nearly every other season?
No other sports owner in history can boast of such enduring success. No other sports owner in history has adapted better, survived longer, won more.
The Dodgers' revered Walter O'Malley won half as many titles in exactly as many seasons.
The august Walter Brown, founder of the Boston Celtics, won two fewer championships, and all in the same era.
George Halas owned the Chicago Bears for 63 years but won only six titles in that time, and is remembered for his opposition to pro football's integration.
Even Jacob Ruppert, who owned the New York Yankees from 1914 to 1939, falls one short of Buss' eight titles.
We sometimes forget this about the guy, don't we?
We chuckle at his quirks and stare at his Laker Girls and dance to his Showtime and forget that, for nearly three decades, he has done whatever it takes to bring this city a championship.
"What's kept me going is my competitiveness," he says. "I really, really do want to win."
We forget this because, as he walks through the Staples Center tunnel with a colorful shirt and a laughing date and a pleasant handshake for everyone, he seems like just another L.A. dude.
We forget that he had the smarts to help engineer the NBA's deal of the season by getting rid of Kwame Brown . . . because, well, you see that seemingly empty house across the narrow street from his house?