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Lakers owner Jerry Buss underwent surgery last week

Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Owner Jerry Buss (2ndR) of the Los Angeles Lakers watches the game during the NBA Europe Live match between Los Angeles Lakers and Regal FC Barcelona at the at Palau Blaugrana on October 7, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Lakers owner since 1979 Jerry Buss has been in poor health at points in the last year and the Lakers confirmed the 78-year-old had surgery last week.

What kind of surgery? They won’t say. From the Los Angeles Times.

“He did have surgery and it went fine,” Lakers spokesman John Black said. “He’s not home yet, but he’s expected to make a full recovery….”

Buss’ son, Jim, the Lakers’ executive vice president of player personnel, on Friday told Times columnist T.J. Simers that his father got “out of surgery 14 hours ago” when the owner called Friday morning wanting details about the Lakers’ acquisition of Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic.

“I was with him [Thursday] night and he was basically incoherent and he was going to be like that for two or three days,” Buss told Simers.


Remember Jerry Buss was hospitalized last month for dehydration.

He has turned the running of the Lakers over to his son Jim Buss, someone not really trusted at first by Lakers fans because they didn’t know him as anything other than as a horse-training partier (they did know Jeanie Buss, who had worked to cultivate a relationship with the fans).

However, the Lakers moves this summer to land Steve Nash and Dwight Howard have given Jim Buss some real credibility with the large Lakers fan base who think it could be like father/like son.