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Jerry Buss’ Tuesday News and Views

Buss being doused with champagne after the Lakers won the 1987 NBA Championship

On Monday, the sports world lost one of its most iconic figures–Lakers owner Jerry Buss. In addition to owning the Lakers during their heyday, winning 10 NBA titles and mentoring stars such as Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, Buss was also a renowned businessman, real estate investor and chemist. Buss’ beginnings couldn’t be more different than his lavish endings; born during the Great Depression, Buss and his single mother stood in bread lines and scavenged the land for phone books and other things to burn to keep warm in desolate Wyoming. Three decades later, he made his first million through a real estate investment, and by the time he reached the age of 46, he was worth an estimated $350 million for a real estate empire that spanned California, Nevada and Arizona. Dang.

In 1979, Buss bought the Los Angeles Lakers for $16 million as part of one of the most lucrative deals in sports history. For $67.5 million, Buss acquired the Lakers, the Kings, The Forum, and a 13,000-acre Raljon Ranch in the Sierra Nevada mountains from Jack Kent Cooke. That same year, Buss and the Lakers drafted Magic Johnson as part of Buss’ vision of dominating the NBA. Magic said their relationship went beyond that of player and owner, with Jerry taking him under his wing to teach him about the business side of the game and allowing him to purchase part of the Lakers franchise, which Magic calls his “second greatest moment,” behind winning his NBA Championships. Monday afternoon, Magic tweeted about Buss’ passing: “I will always remember Dr. Buss’ big smile, his love for the Lakers, for poker & billiards, for the City of LA and for beautiful women.”

Beautiful women, indeed. Jerry loved him some ladies, specifically Playboy Playmates. Buss was also a notorious poker player, participating in the World Series of Poker off and on throughout the past two decades and appearing on NBC’s “Poker After Dark” series. His larger than life persona and shrewd business skills helped him build the Lakers brand into what it is today. Unfortunately, due to health problems, Buss was unable to attend a game during the 2012-2013 season and early Monday morning, he lost his battle with cancer.

Here’s to you, Jerry. I bet you’ve got quite a party waiting for you up there.

— After rehashing every miserable second of it the past few days, it’s time to “burn the tape” from the Tennessee game. From start to end, the game highlighted the worst parts of the team in the wake of Nerlens Noel’s injury, and leaves the Cats with a lot of work left to do to make the Tournament. Calipari attempted to rally the troops during the SEC Coaches’ Teleconference Monday morning, telling reporters that losing Nerlens didn’t just have an impact on the Cats’ roster–it also took an emotional toll on the players. CBS’ Ian Eagle echoed those thoughts on the radio show with Matt, recalling how the players had a deer in the headlights look and seemed “overwhelmed by the moment.” Regardless, Cal encouraged his players to take responsibility for their poor performance and succumb to “how we have to play.”

— That starts with figuring out what’s going on at point guard. Cal said that over the next few days, he will evaluate the guard play and come up with a solution. That may mean starting Jarrod again, going back to Ryan, or even shifting Archie over…it all depends on how the guys respond in practice. Speaking of, how would you like to be a fly on the wall of that practice, during which Julius Mays said he was going to hold players using Nerlens’ injury as an excuse accountable for their actions. It really is “put up” or “shut up” time, and if that means we have to play a roster of Jarrod Polson, Brian Long, Tod Lanter, Sam Malone and Julius Mays, I’m fine with it.

— Kentucky can get their season back on track starting Wednesday against Vanderbilt. On paper, it doesn’t seem like an overwhelming matchup, but when you take into account the Cats’ current state and the fact that they relied heavily on Nerlens Noel to hold off Vandy in Nashville, prospects don’t look quite so promising. Sure, Vandy has only won two of their last seven games, but the only certain thing about this Kentucky team right now is uncertainty. Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings says that even without Nerlens Noel, he expects the Cats to be “raring to go” on Wednesday night, and that Saturday’s loss to Tennessee was more of a case of “bad timing” than anything. I hope he’s right. (This taco’s on me, Kev.)

— If there were ever a bad time for ESPN GameDay to come to Kentucky, this weekend might be it. However, we can’t exactly tell them to turn their vans around, right? As of Sunday afternoon, 13,000 GameDay tickets had been distributed, a record for the season but a far cry from Kentucky’s crowd of 22,000 three years ago. Morale is low, but one thing that never will be is pride. Not to be redundant, but Saturday’s game against Missouri is a MUST-WIN if the Cats want to make the Tournament, and nothing will help them more than Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Darius Miller your support. As Kentucky fans, we’ve never been faint of heart, so I encourage you to attend the tapings if you’re able, if only to heckle Digger. Disappointing team aside, it really is a fun experience.

— Predictably, the Cats fell out of the AP Top 25 this week, but in the Coaches’ Poll, they actually still received one vote. Who was it?? (Look at the bottom of the page for the list of coaches on this year’s board.)

— Remember that awful free throw from the Appalachian State/Western Carolina game in December? Well, this lady just topped it:

Normally, I would refrain from hating on my own gender, but come on girl. Dame Maggie Smith could do better than that, all the while throwing some good side eye shade. That’s just sad.

— Lost in the shuffle of the weekend was Julius Randle’s return to the court. Randle played for the first time since suffering a foot injury in November on Friday, scoring 19 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out three assists. That should be a pretty good start to convincing the McDonald’s All-American Committee to declare him fit to compete in the game in April. Meanwhile, I’m trying not to read too much into his mother’s comments to USA Today’s Jason Jordan about their recent trip to Kansas: “Kansas fans were the best. They’re the loudest & the best.”

But did they have the best red velvet cake? I think not…

— Who’s ready for spring football?? Rivals’ Ben Jones combed through the roster and discovered that there are 11 new walk-ons and 3 walk-ons no longer on the team. Spring cleaning?

— Things are looking up for former Cat Larry Warford, whom the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock projects to be the third best offensive guard heading into the draft. Warford impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl back in January and will carry that momentum into this weekend’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis. UK hasn’t had an offensive lineman drafted since 1993. Keep making us proud, Larry.

— It was a great day for other UK sports, starting with a big 70-66 win for UK Hoops over #10 Texas A&M. A’dia Mathies led the way with 13 points, all in the second half, followed by Kastine Evans and Denisha Stallworth with 12 points a piece. Stallworth also had 12 rebounds and channeled her inner Nerlens Noel by setting a UK school record with 7 blocks. The ladies improved to 23-3 overall and 11-2 in the SEC, just one game behind Tennessee. They’ll return to action Sunday at LSU at 3 p.m.

— Further congrats to the Bat Cats for a thrilling 11-10 victory over USC Upstate Monday afternoon. An eighth-inning comeback led the Cats to their third straight win to open the season. Maybe I’ll learn to love baseball again.

— Finally, in the wake of yet another bungle by the NCAA in the Miami investigation, will Mark Emmert finally step down as President? CBS’ Dennis Dodd says the oversight should cost Emmert his job, something which I think everyone here can agree on.

Before we go, caption this gem from tonight’s Baylor/UConn women’s game, in which Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma ahem, said hello to Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey:

That’s all for now. We’ll be back before you know it to get you ready for another exciting day of Kentucky sports.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

36 Comments for Jerry Buss’ Tuesday News and Views

  1. tdogg40330
    11:19 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    I hope our boys come out and smoke Vandy and Missouri this week and shut some people
    up. There is enough talent on the roster to play better than what we’ve seen, hopefully
    Calipari can push the right buttons down the stretch to get em goin. If not, they still
    need our support BBN …… GO CATS !!!

  2. John Ellis
    11:24 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll repeat almost every major college BB team has been throttled this year, and for most of them the losses were at full strength. This team is capable of pulling it together. Doesn’t mean they will, but how much fun is it to chew ashes?

  3. BobD
    11:30 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    I’m a firm believer this team can turn it around. They may not win as many as they would’ve with Nerlens, but they can beat Vandy and Missou. LETS GO BBN… Get behind these guys.

  4. Balling in blue
    11:34 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    “We need an awareness month for dat ass”

  5. Lester
    11:35 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    Was Chandler Burden drafted?

  6. SoCal Will
    11:54 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    My wife would throw a pail of water on our dog if he did a public Geno….

  7. Wilder Treadway
    12:31 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    HAHA that free throw

  8. SadCat
    1:14 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Tyler, thanks for trying to keep
    BBN out of a psychotic depression.

  9. Cats,Cats,Cats
    2:36 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Julius Randle’s mom must not have taken a good look at the two fanbases (especially the size of the student sections) in the national championship game.

  10. Kevin C.
    3:10 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Kim Mulkey: “Geno, what the hell are you doing?!”

    Geno: “Shh…it’s OK, baby. My wife told me to beat your ass tonight…so I guess you could say I’ve got her permission.”

  11. wickedgood
    4:05 am February 19, 2013 Permalink please copy and watch this kid he is walking on at rb out of michigan

  12. CatGrad99
    6:02 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Cal is recruiting a second point guard for 2013. That tells you everything you need to know about Harrow. He will not be back next year.

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  14. Bubba Earl
    6:34 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    “Geno, my roids are actin’ up again, keep scratchin baby”

  15. RealCatsFan
    6:49 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    13 – HaHa, looks like Habeeb from New Delhi has made his presence known on KSR! Better listen to him, Matt – “he give you best, best Google rank”. 🙂

  16. RealCatsFan
    6:52 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Geno: “Excuse me, Kim, but I’m missing one of my national championship rings…”

  17. Joe
    7:45 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    15 – that’s not Habeeb, it’s Asok from Dilbert.

  18. SexnNursinHomes
    8:00 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    16- haha

    I love a coach that wears black pleather pants. Even though she looks a bit “methy”, I’d tap it.

  19. Mike
    8:01 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    slow now!

  20. David from Bowling Green
    8:22 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Mrs. Thompson, regarding what Mr. Buss may or may not be doing “… up there.” Stick to UK sports. You do a good job with that. I’m not impressed with your theology about what goes on in the after life.

  21. HAHA
    8:28 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    @18 lol she does look “methy” haha good call

  22. Captain Clown Pants
    8:38 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve been thinking about you alot since last weekend. A whole lot. How are you doing?

  23. ky_99
    8:49 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    if you’re selling 3 tickets together for Saturday’s game email me [email protected]

  24. Seymore
    8:51 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    The Oklahoma women’s coach is my choice to replace Calipari. I don’t care if she can’t really coach.

  25. pcefrog5
    9:12 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Kim: “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, damn right, it’s better than yours”
    Geno: “You’re a fine mf’er, back that azz up!”

  26. RealCatsFan
    9:22 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    24, nice DSL’s, but watch them choppers! 🙂

  27. MIke
    9:26 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    GENO: “Ma’am, you’re under arrest for tryna fit all dat in those jeans”

  28. Hey #20
    9:27 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    no one cares what you think. but thanks for coming out.

  29. Sam
    9:33 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t know anything about Jerry Buss. Now that I do, I find him to be despicable and can’t imagine worse scum on the face of planet earth. His moral depravity appalls me. I feel dirtier just by reading of his lascivious and gambling lifestyle. What a bad example / role model.

    That’s why I am grateful for somebody like Coach Calipari, whom no doubt would find this man’s moral compass equally astonishing and worthy of rebuke.

  30. Beckham'sBack
    9:37 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    CatGrad99 you are correct. Coach A is the head recruiter for Emmanuel Owootah. The kid is a dynamo PG with excellent skills and intangibles. With Rod Rhodes as his coach, it’s sometimes funny how life comes full circle. I want this kid but UCLA is on him hard.
    It’ll be interesting to see if Cal continues to recruit to get the best rated class or fills team needs and goes after lesser know studs.

  31. SirMixalot
    9:43 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Geno,”Those space pants? Cuz your butt is outta this world!”

  32. MemphisCat
    9:50 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    GENO: It looks like you have the worst case of Hemmroids I have ever seen, looks like there is some tape holding it up on your back. Holy Shit Dude, that is not hemmroids.

  33. kdjf
    9:51 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    “Can I please have my hand back. what’s that smell

  34. Turd Ferguson
    10:27 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Now I see why Trace Adkins had a crush on her.


  35. Niceyoungman
    3:38 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    She is a very attractive lady.

  36. Niceyoungman
    3:48 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Geno, I’ll give you 20 minutes to quit that.