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LA Lakers Honor Legendary Owner Jerry Buss with New Patch on Jersey

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2013

The Los Angeles Lakers will be adding a memorial patch to their jerseys in honor of renowned owner Jerry Buss, who passed away Monday morning at the age of 80.

The commemorative patch (h/t Mike Trudell of Lakers.com) will be placed on the right shoulder side of the Lakers uniforms and feature Buss' initials in bright yellow, encompassed by a purple circle.

Los Angeles also plans to make the patches available for purchase in its team store and donate any proceeds to a Lakers youth foundation.

With the patches seemingly ready to go, it looks like Los Angeles should have them on uniforms in time to face the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

It's a classy and totally warranted move by the Lakers. Dr. Buss helped transform not only the team, but also basketball's brand in general during his time as an owner. These patches are a nice to way remind us of all that he's done and all that he meant to the franchise.

It's been a hectic week in Hollywood with the trade deadline fast approaching. Couple that with the passing of the greatest owner in NBA history, and it's easy to lose sight of all that's really important.

Enter the patches.

These aren't just thumb-sized pieces of sewn-on material, they're an emblem of reflection.

Every time we look at them, we'll see Buss. We'll remember everything he did for the team, for this game and how much of a pioneer he truly was.

We'll just remember him in general, which is all that matters.


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