Monday February 18th, 2013

Jerry Buss, the longtime Lakers owner who led the franchise to 10 NBA championships, died Monday. He was 80.

“The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come," NBA commissioner David Stern said. "More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”

Former Lakers, current NBA players and owners, reporters and celebrity Lakers fans were among those who took to Twitter to express their condolences and offer their thoughts on Buss, who bought the team in 1979. Here's a sampling:

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