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15Jerry Buss (Owner)

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The idea that basketball should be fun and entertaining, not just screens and free throws, came from Jerry Buss. He created that run-and-gun style of play known as the Showtime Era and it all started with two players, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

He also added the infamous Laker Girls and eventually

got some celebrities to start showing up to add that Hollywood fan base we all know and love. (You know, the bandwagon fans.)

Following his successful transformation of the sport of basketball, the Lakers would go on to win nine NBA titles and make the playoffs almost every year until his death in 2013. He started battling cancer in 2012 and ended up missing the 2012-13 season. Since his death, the Lakers have struggled and have not made the playoffs, contended for a title, or even been able to lure the league's top free agents to come play in Los Angeles. His death has hurt the organization that is desperately trying to come back.

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