Pool - AP Clients Only

Los Angeles - Feb. 18, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE: Bob Steiner/Buss Family Spokesman

"It's been a year and a half struggle for Dr. Buss. Amazing man, that he lasted this long.

2. SOUNDBITE: John Black/ lakers Spokesman

"well the future of the organization remains unchanged. Dr. Buss had set it up years in advance. He planned for continuation for the team to remain with the family and that's something he did undertake. For the past several years Jim Buss has been running the basketball operations working in conjunction with our general manager. That will continue. Jennie Buss has been running the business operations for over 15 years that will continue. So as far as the operation and running of the team that should be unchanged.


Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA team to 10 championships from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the Kobe Bryant era, died Monday. He was 80.

He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Bob Steiner, his assistant.

Buss had been hospitalized for most of the past 18 months while undergoing cancer treatment, but the immediate cause of death was kidney failure, Steiner said. With his condition worsening in recent weeks, several prominent former Lakers visited Buss to say goodbye.