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Jerry Buss dies: Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, David Stern react

Magic Johnson and Jerry Buss celebrate the Lakers' title in 1980. It was their first NBA title as team owner and player.
(Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

The death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss at age 80 on Tuesday has resulted in a flood of tweets from former Lakers and from NBA Commissioner David Stern. A look:

Magic Johnson: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family & friends of Dr. Jerry Buss. He was a great man and an incredible friend.”

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James Worthy: “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.”

Shaquille O’Neal: “I’m deeply saddened over da loss of the great Dr. Jerry Buss. He was a dear friend, mentor, and brilliant business mind thank u 4 8 gr8 yrs.”

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David Stern: “The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable & will be felt for decades to come.”

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