Monday morning started on a sad note for the NBA when news broke that Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss had passed away. On behalf of the Buss family, the Lakers released a statement on the passing of Dr. Buss:
"We not only have lost our cherished father, but a beloved man of our community and a person respected by the world basketball community," a statement released on behalf of the Buss family said.
Dr. Buss had been hospitalized much of the past 18 months in a battle which "showed his amazing strength and will to live. It was our father's often stated desire and expectation that the Lakers remain in the Buss family. The Lakers have been our lives as well and we will honor his wish and do everything in our power to continue his unparalleled legacy," the statement concluded.
Buss is survived by his six children and eight grandchildren.