Jerry Buss was born in Salt Lake City, Gerald Hatten and has grown up seen poverty in his childhood till refining his life through education. He use to describe himself as an “overly competitive but underly endowed player”. He grew up loving basketball and due his passion and being a great player, he nurtured his partnerships with two generations of basketball and won 10 NBA titles and soon became a glamorous global brand.
He was a well-known ambassador in the world of poker. He has played in various cash games in California, appeared on High Stakes Poker and seen competing in various events of World Series of Poker. In 2010, becoming a professional poker player, he said on ESPN “Whether I can earn a living at it is questionable. But, I can’t think of too many things I can do as easily as that and be competitive at my age.”
In 1991, Buss finished third in a $2,500 seven-card stud event and had registered four careers cashes at the World Series of Poker.
Jerry Buss bought the Lakers for $67.5M in 1979, the largest transaction in sports history at the time. He was one of the great Last month; Forbes estimated the Lakers were worth $1 billion, second most in the NBA. He died on Monday, he was in his 80’s due to Kidney Failure according to friend and assistant Bob Steiner.
He was not just the owner but was a great innovator that any sport has ever encountered,” Riley said. “He was a true visionary, and it was obvious with the Lakers in the 80’s that `Showtime’ was more than just Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was really the vision of a man who saw something that connected with a community.”