​Jerry Buss Cancer: Los Angeles Lakers Owner In Hospital​​

Jerry Buss, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, has an undisclosed form of cancer and has been admitted to the hospital, even though he’s been in the facility for a few months after his family kept it confidential.

A person with knowledge of the situation spoke on the condition of anonymity to respect the wishes of the family.

Buss, 79, has spent time in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles Times, which quoted Buss’ son, Jim, on Thursday saying his father was “doing fine.”

“Yeah, (Buss) has been on my mind, that’s been on my mind for a while,” Lakers star Kobe Bryant told USA TODAY Sports at All-Star weekend in Houston. “I’m just trying to stay, gotta stay positive.”

Asked if he knew Dr. Buss’ status, he said, “I don’t know. I haven’t gotten an update.”

Bryant credits Buss for helping him early on.

“He means everything to me,” he said. “He took a chance on a 17-year-old kid coming out of Philadelphia when nobody really saw that potential. He believed in me the entire way.”

In a tweet, former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said, “Dr. Buss is an important part of the Laker family so I hope his stay in the hospital is short and he has a speedy recovery. #Jerrybuss.”

“Dr. Jerry Buss, thinking about u & wish I could be there, get well soon,” former Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal tweeted Thursday. “I cant wait 2 see u on 4/2/13 #LoveYou.”

Former Los Angeles Lakers player Robert Horry said his relationship with Buss is professional. But he had praise for what Buss’ teams have accomplished.

“You’ve got to think about it. He owned the Lakers what, 30 years? And they’ve won championships or been in the championships half that — that’s incredible,” Horry told USA TODAY Sports.

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