The Los Angeles Lakers is one of the greatest NBA franchises of all time. Since their inception, the Lakers have won more NBA Championships than any other franchise.
When you have a dynasty, the players themsleves along with the coach are typically given all the credit. The players are the glory boys and the coach is typically described as the sage advisor that led the team to a championship.
For the Los Angeles Lakers, one man that does not get the credit he truly deserves is former team President, Jerry Buss. Jerry passed away back in 2013, and since he passed the Lakers have only won one NBA championship.
He was the majority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning 10 league championships that were highlighted by the team’s Showtime era during the 1980s. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor. Buss owned other professional sports franchises in Southern California.
The Lakers were very successful under Buss’ ownership, winning ten NBA championships with such players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, and with coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson. He inspired the Lakers’ Showtime era with his vision that basketball games must be entertaining.
Simply put, without Jerry Buss, there is no Los Angeles Lakers. There are no championships. There are no dynasties. Buss never got the credit he deserved for building the Lakers into the gargantuan they have become.