NBA, sports world react to death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss

By Matt Moore | NBA writer
The sports world reacted to the passing of Buss Monday. (Getty Images)

Following the death of Jerry Buss on Monday morning, the sports world reacted to share its thoughts and pay respects to the longtime Lakers owner.

NBA Commissioner David Stern released the following statement:

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

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted his respect for the longtime Lakers owner.

Cuban has enjoyed a long-standing rivalry with the Lakers but has always shown a great amount of respect for Buss and his legacy. Many consider Cuban to be the "new Buss" with his aggressive approach to overhauling how a league operates.

Cuban has been outspoken, featuring a more adversarial relationship with the league and Stern, but underneath his public bluster Cuban has always shown a deep respect for the great owners in the NBA.

Lakers legend James Worthy also shared his thoughts on Twitter:

Condolences to the Buss family. Dr Buss was not only the greatest sports owner, but a true friend & just a really cool guy. Loved him dearly

— James Worthy (@James_Worthy42) February 18, 2013

Worthy played 12 years with the Lakers, winning three titles. He currently serves as a studio analyst on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet in L.A.

Other players, executives, media, and sports entities shared their thoughts on Buss' passing Monday:

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