Jerry Buss

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Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Dies at 79

He'd been secretly battling cancer for months

(Newser) - Lakers owner Jerry Buss died this morning at age 79, after a secret hospital stay, TMZ reports. News broke last week that Buss had for months been hospitalized for an undisclosed form of cancer, though at the time family members said he was "doing fine," USA Today reports.... More »

Lakers Spurn Phil Jackson, Hire Mike D'Antoni

Jackson reportedly 'stunned'

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni (formerly of the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks) as their new head coach last night, passing over longtime on-again off-again coach Phil Jackson. D'Antoni signed a three-year, $12 million deal around 11:30 last night. Jackson was ready to take... More »

MVP or Not, There's Drama in LA

Hard to believe Bryant wanted a trade this time last year

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant is set to receive the NBA's MVP trophy tomorrow night, capping off what’s been a strange season for the always-mercurial Lakers guard, Mark Heisler writes in the Los Angeles Times. This season, after all, began with Bryant coming perilously close to leaving the team; it’s a... More »

LA Owner Could Still Trade Kobe

Buss doesn't want to lose star, get nothing in return

(Newser) - Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss tells the Los Angeles Times it isn't inconceivable that he would trade Kobe Bryant if an offer of sufficient value arose. In his first public remarks since an off-season punctuated by disruptive comments from the team's star, Buss said other teams had made offers... More »

Kobe Slams Kupchak, Bynum in Bootleg Video

Malcontent star swingman leaves management unmoved

(Newser) - An amateur video surfaced today in which Lakers franchise player Kobe Bryant slammed GM Mitch Kupchak and the team's young center, Andrew Bynum, in a profanity-ridden tirade. The video had been filmed in a parking lot without Bryant's knowledge, and its anonymous makers plan to offer viewings online after the... More »

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