Jerry Buss Mourned By Athletes, Celebrities

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As news of Jerry Buss passing away trickled through the sports world yesterday, various athletes across a number of professions released statements to mourn the passing of this Los Angeles Lakers owner.

Below, we've collected a sampling of Tweets and statements, all of which honor one of the most respected men in professional sports...

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Dr. Buss embodied that compassionate entrepreneurial spirit. He strove to reach greater heights without forgetting his community roots. During his stewardship, the Lakers exemplified his personal standards of excellence and became one of the dominant teams in the NBA and a force of good within the community. The man may be gone, but he has made us all better people for knowing him.

Chris Rock: Jerry Buss was so cool he should be in the rock and roll hall of fame. He will be missed.

Hugh Hefner: Learned of Laker's owner Jerry Buss death to cancer. We've lost a longtime friend.

Jim Rome: Jerry Buss was in it to win it.  And understood that just winning in this town wasn't enough.  How you look doing it is critical too. RIP

Lane Kiffin: Sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss.  A great USC Trojan and an avid athletics supporter. He will be missed!

Shaquille O'Neal: I'm deeply saddened over da loss of the great Dr. Jerry Buss.  He was a dear friend, mentor and brilliant business mind thank u 4 8 gr8 yrs

Snoop Dogg: Rip dr Jerry buss my friend wow this hurts he was a great man to the city n the people of la !!

Oscar De La Hoya: Dr. Jerry Buss, I will forever be grateful and appreciate all the support you gave me throughout my career. R.I.P.