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In the room with Jerry Buss

A sports writer's nearly three-decade relationship with the Lakers' owner

Updated: March 24, 2010, 3:45 AM ET
By Steve Springer | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

He knows his father is getting older, Jim Buss once said, but that's easy to overlook because the girls around him remain eternally young.

It's been 31 years since Jerry Buss purchased the Los Angeles Lakers along with the Kings and the Forum. Since then, other sports owners in this town have died, departed, sold out, or wound up in jail or divorce court or, in the case of Donald Sterling, never-ending chaos.

None of the above for Buss. With a babe or two on ...

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