Dr. Jerry Buss was a true friend and inspiring mentor who helped me achieve a childhood dream of winning a NBA title, and eventually several NBA titles. I will always be thankful to Dr. Buss for the opportunities he provided me and for all he has done for the entire basketball community. He was a visionary, an extremely intelligent and giving man who turned the Lakers into a world-renowned franchise and he was an integral part in catapulting the NBA to the level we are at now. Dr. Buss was not only an owner, but also a friend and mentor to all the players and was the reason the Los Angeles Lakers franchise became so successful. He understood that teams need talent to win and made players want to play for him and the city. He put everyone in a winning environment. Dr. Jerry Buss will be deeply missed by basketball fans worldwide, myself, my wife Linda, our children Jesse, Jordan and Ali, the Lakers organization, and the entire NBA community.