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Magic Johnson is one of several mega-stars to have played for the Lakers with Buss as owner.
If you admire what Micky Arison has been able to do, then imagine having done that for twice as much time.
That's what Jerry Buss has done in Los Angeles.
Buss assumed control of the Lakers in 1979, and since then, the list of top NBA players to have worn the purple and gold of the Lakers is a veritable who's who of NBA royalty.
Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Dennis Rodman, Pau Gasol, and this past summer, the names Steve Nash and Dwight Howard were added to the list.
Not only has Buss brought in the best players, but he's also brought in the best coaches.
Pat Riley and Phil Jackson are probably numbers one and two on the list of greatest NBA coaches of the last 40 years.
Not surprisingly, both men have coached the Lakers, and both men have won NBA titles with them.
Under Jerry Buss, the Lakers have made a jaw-dropping 16 trips to the NBA Finals, winning ten rings in the process.
Buss has navigated his fair share of pitfalls as well.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's retirement, Magic Johnson's sudden retirement due to the HIV virus, the blending of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, and then the breakup of that core.
The Lakers won two NBA titles in 2009 and 2010 with a team built around Kobe Bryant, but when cracks appeared in that foundation, the Lakers went out and brought Steve Nash and Dwight Howard into the fold.
No one knows if the acquisitions of Howard and Nash this past summer will yield positive results, but if history is any indicator, then the mere fact that Buss is still signing checks for the Lakers has to make fans of the purple and gold feel very optimistic.