Thank you, Dr. Buss, for bringing respectability to sports in Los Angeles.
From "Jerry Buss: A true sports visionary" by Ramona Shelburne at ESPNLA.com:
From the day he bought the team from Cooke, the Lakers were a family-run organization. Buss and his family ran the team -- his six children all have roles within the organization now -- but everyone who either played or worked for the franchise became a part of the extended family. The stories of Buss' generosity and kindness are legendary around the league.
Rasheed Hazzard, whose father Walt Hazzard played for the Lakers in the mid-1970s and later worked for them as an adviser, said Buss not only kept his father on the payroll after he suffered a catastrophic stroke in 1996, he assured him he would always be a Lakers employee for as long as he owned the team.
"He stood by his word," Rasheed Hazzard said. "When my dad passed away [in 2011] he was still an employee of the Lakers and our family is eternally grateful. Without him we would have lost our father in more ways than can be described."
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