Buss was arguably the greatest owner in sports, and certainly the greatest history in the NBA. In 1979 Jerry
Buss bought the LA Kings NHL franchise, The Forum, and the LA Lakers for 67.5 million dollars from Jack Kent Cooke. Buss would quickly sell the Kings and beginning building the Lakers into an NBA powerhouse.
In 1999 Jerry Buss moved the team to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, where we know the team today. Buss also brought the WNBA to LA with the Sparks and saw them win two championships before selling the team in 2006. Buss also owned a tennis team (Los Angeles Strings) and a soccer team (Los Angeles Lazers).
In his 33 years with the team Buss has unparalleled success. Eighteen division titles, sixteen NBA Finals appearances, and ten NBA championships. He brought big names like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant to Los Angeles, not to mention bringing Phil Jackson to the City of Angels…