We’re still coming to terms with the sad passing of Jerry Buss this morning. While we cannot get our arms around the magnitude of this news there is no doubt the coming days will produce countless remembrances of the greatest owner in modern sports.
Of course there is no need to wait for another news cycle to pass before paying proper respects to Dr. Buss and his career accomplishments. The sports world as a whole is wasting no time in paying tribute to Buss so it’s only right NBA commissioner David Stern does the same.
The NBA released the following statement from Stern in light of the sad news today.
“The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come. More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”
While Stern’s words ring true it’s Shaquille O’Neal whose statement really hits home. As we know O’Neal and Buss had a highly successful yet contentious relationship. In the end it’s the positives that come through as evident by O’Neal’s words.
“I’m deeply saddened over the loss of the great Dr. Jerry Buss. He was a dear friend, keen mentor and brilliant businessman. He’ll always be remembered for his dedication in bringing the best to the purple and gold and I’m proud to have been part of his honorable legacy. My heart and prayers go out to the Buss family and friends. Dr. Buss will be deeply missed by this big man.”