The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most successful franchises in sports, and have been a major factor in bring NBA Basketball to it’s current levels. Plenty of that momentum has occurred under the ownership of Jerry Bus. The sad news for the NBA is that bUs will no longer be a part of the NBA with his death recently.
Bus pushed the Lakers into relevance, winning 10 NBA Championships since he assumed ownership in 1979. His struggle with cancer went on for 18 months, a period in which the team’s fortunes have dropped.
“The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. “More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend.”
If you take a look at the names on rosters sprinkled throughout the history of the Los Angeles Lakers you’ll find plenty of Hall of fame monikers. The lure of the big time in LA and the proximity of media and movie stars has given the LA Lakers a sense of showtime you really don’t see associated with any other NBA franchise. Courtside seats in LA are big attractions to those wishing to see and be seen.
So where do the Lakers go from here? With their current struggles it seems as if Los Angeles is fading into the pack. But Bus hasn’t been idle during this time. he made plans to keep things in the family.
“The future of the organization will remain unchanged,” Lakers spokesman John Black said Monday during a news conference. “Dr. Buss set it up years in advance — he planned for the team to remain with the family.
“For the past several years, Jim Buss has been running the basketball operations and working in conjunction with our general manager Mitch Kupchak, and that will continue. Jeanie Buss has been running the business operations for 15 years, and that will continue. As far as the operation and running of the team, that will be unchanged.”
It remains to be seen how well this is going to work out but the NBA needs a healthy Los Angeles Lakers franchise. They’ve been good for the game and good for basketball. Hopefully, 2013 is just a bump in the road.