When Los Angeles Lakers icon Jerry Buss died on Feb. 18, 2013, the NBA lost the most revered and successful owner in the league's history. At the same time, control of the Lakers fell squarely into the hands of Jim Buss, who doesn't exactly hold the same esteem around the league as his late father did.
Though the younger Buss had already taken on an expanded role as his father's health deteriorated in recent years, he's now in the position of running the show himself.
It's asking a lot—too much, really—for the son to duplicate the unparalleled success of the father, but because the late Dr. Buss created such lofty standards in L.A., that's exactly what many Laker fans will demand.
Even if he never measures up to the 10 championships his dad won in 34 years as team owner, Buss certainly has the advantage of having been around the team during the Lakers' glory years. That experience should give him some idea of the blueprint he'll have to follow in the future.
And if he's not able to sort out the steps he'll have to take to duplicate his father's success, he could just peruse the ones compiled here.
Let's hope he's not yet resorting to the Internet for answers, though.
*All stats and NBA draft information via Basketball-Reference.com unless otherwise indicated.