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Los Angeles Lakers' owner Dr. Jerry Buss is in the hospital. ESPN reported on Feb. 14 that sources say Buss is battling an undisclosed form of cancer, although Lakers' spokesmen refused to comment out of respect for the Buss family.
The sources close to the situation tells ESPN that Buss is in intensive care right now. The Lakers' popular owner has been battling medical problems, going in and out of the hospital numerous times over the past two years. In 2011, he had blood clots in his legs, caused by excessive travel.
Dr. Buss no longer has a hand in running the day-to-day dealings of the Lakers, passing that on to his children Jim and Jeanie. The team has struggled this season despite the new stars added in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. They are also on their second coach of the season, currently sit out of the playoff race and had a bungled job offer to Phil Jackson in the midst of all the confusion.
None of that matters when looking at the health of Dr. Jerry Buss. Despite men like Phil Jackson and Magic Johnson voicing their displeasure in the current performance of the Lakers' organization, both men have only good things to say about the man who built the Lakers into one of the NBA's most powerful teams.
The Lakers have won 10 of their 16 NBA titles under Buss' ownership and the team is currently worth $1 billion according to Forbes.