Since 1979, longtime owner of the Lakers, who brought the franchise 10 championships plus legendary players, has died after a long battle with cancer.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. NBA commissioner David Stern made this statement today:
“The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come. More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend.” – ESPN