Today, Feburary 18th, 2013, Lakers owner Jerry Buss lost his 18month battle with cancer. Jerry Buss will forever be remembered for his innovations and creative ownership practices that revolutionized the way many professional sports teams operated and did business. Buss innovations from when originally bough the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979 have turned the organization in a Billion Dollar sports franchise, and one of the most successful sports franchises in Sports History. Jerry Buss was enshrined in the NBA Basket Ball hall of fame where he will not only be forever remembered in our hearts and minds, but also in Basket Ball immortality. R.I.P Below is an article from the New York times chronicling the life of Jerry Buss in greater detail.