VIDEO: Lakers legends remember Jerry Buss as visionary, father figure

He was a visionary, seeing the future before any of us did. That's how Shaquille O'Neal remembered Jerry Buss, the beloved owner of the Los Angeles Lakers who died Monday at the age of 80.

Magic Johnson called him a father figure. Pau Gasol said the Lakers owner was all about his fans. Phil Jackson referred to Buss' life as a diamond of great value.

Along with family and friends, nearly 3,500 people filled Nokia Theatre, adjacent Staples Center, for a memorial service to remember Buss as a man who had the vision to better his franchise while always looking to improve the state of the entire league.

During his tenure with the Lakers, Buss created an organization that became one of the gold standards in all of professional sports. Under his ownership, the team made 14 NBA Finals appearances and won 10 championships. 

His vision and business acumen is evident. He bought the Lakers and the Forum, where they played, for $67.5 million in 1979. Today, the franchise is worth more than $1 billion.

Here are a few of the Lakers' greats, along with NBA commissioner David Stern, eulogizing Buss at Thursday's memorial: 

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