Buss' Death Exacerbates Lakers' Uncertainty

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Word of Jerry Buss' death carried far and wide Monday, in a sport that he influenced perhaps more than any owner in NBA history. But nowhere will Buss' absence be felt more than with the team that he built, rebuilt and built again many times over into a symbol of winning and professionalism.

Those attributes have been lacking in the nearly two years since Buss officially retreated from the day-to-day operations of the team and appointed his son, Jim Buss, as executive vice president. Jim Buss took control of basketball operations after the first of two consecutive second-round playoff exits in 2011. He oversaw the hiring of Mike Brown, the firing of Mike Brown, the hiring of Mike D'Antoni and the resulting 25-29 record the Read Full Article »

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