Kareem Abdul-Jabbar lauds Jerry Buss’ vision and strength

Below is a statement Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sent to the Daily News regarding Jerry Buss’ passing:

“When someone as celebrated and charismatic as Jerry Buss dies, we are reminded of two things. First, just how much one person with vision and strength of will can accomplish,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote in a statement. “Second, how fragile each of us is, regardless of how powerful we were. Those two things combine to inspire us to reach for the stars, but also to remain with our feet firmly on the ground among our loved ones. Dr Buss embodied that compassionate standard of excellence and became one of the dominant teams in the NBA and a force of good within the community. The man may be gone, but he has made us all better people for knowing him.

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