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Magic, Shaq, Riley, West & Others Entering Jerry Buss Memorial (Videos)

Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Bill Walton, Pat Riley at Jerry Buss Memorial Service Earlier this week, legendary Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss passed away at the age of 80. Thursday, the 10-time NBA champion was honored with a memorial ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The 7,000-seat venue is situated on the grounds of the LA Live entertainment complex, immediately across the street from Staples Center.

The 90-minute event featured speeches from a bevy of noteworthy figures, including NBA commissioner David Stern, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Pat Riley, Shaquille O’Neal and Magic Johnson.

Below are multiple pieces of original video, showcasing many of the attending basketball luminaries (including some of the above names), as they made their way into the star-studded observance.

Five-time NBA champion/Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.

Four-time NBA champion/future Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.

Five-time NBA champion coach/Hall of Famer Pat Riley.

NBA champion player and executive/Hall of Famer Jerry West.

Two-time NBA champion/Hall of Famer Bill Walton.

Three-time NBA champion/Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott.

Three-time NBA champion A.C. Green.

Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist/two-time WNBA champion Lisa Leslie.

Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich.


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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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