Jerry Buss

They wouldn't have been the same, without him. Jerry buss, the owner credited with transforming the Los Angeles Lakers, has died.

FOX News Radio's Jessica Rosenthal reports from Los Angeles:

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Jerry Buss not only turned the Lakers into a team that won ten championships since he bought it in 1979, he made the basketball court part of the entertainment scene. And yes, we're talking about all those times you saw Jack Nicholson court side.

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Buss was born during the Depression. He started a mail order stamp collection company when he was a kid. Earned a doctorate in physical chemistry hence what many called him: "Dr. Buss." Later he got into real estate, became a millionaire and bought the team when the NBA was struggling.

Jerry Buss, right, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher

He became beloved here in this town, by basketball fans and players alike  He died of kidney failure after being hospitalized for cancer. Buss was 80.

In LA, Jessica Rosenthal, FOX News Radio.