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Los Angeles Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Hospitalized with Cancer

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Several reports have surfaced this afternoon that long-time Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, 79, has been hospitalized due to complications surrounding his cancer and is in severe health.

Buss is currently at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and reports suggest both family and friends are at his bedside and many current and former players have come to visit him over the course of the past few days.  Buss has suffered from a few related health issues since 2011. In 2011, he was hospitalized with a blood clot, and later in 2012 had surgery for a reason that was never disclosed — but may have assumed was related to his cancer diagnosis.

Along with Pat Riley and General Manager Mitch Kupchak, Buss was essential in crafting the Showtime Lakers of the mid 80s — led by all-time greats Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar — that brought the franchise its glory in the first of many dynasties to come. Almost to a fault, Buss was loved by players that came and went in Los Angeles, and actually is the father-in-law of another basketball legend who will always be associated with the Lakers, Phil Jackson, the husband of his daughter Jeannie, who by almost all accounts will take over the ownership of the Lakers franchise when that time comes.

It’s a sad day for basketball fans — especially Lakers fans — to know that the man that was one of the architects of one of the NBA’s best franchises could indeed be living out his final days.

Our wishes go out to Jerry Buss and his family during this time.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports. You can follow Kris on TwitterGoogle Plus and Facebook