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Jerry Buss Has Cancer, Hospitalized: REPORTS

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Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss appears before his team's preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at the Thomas & Mack Center October 12, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss appears before his team's preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at the Thomas & Mack Center October 12, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss is suffering from cancer and has been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A., as first reported by RadarOnline.com. After the initial the Radar report, the Orange County Register reported that it had previously learned of Buss' cancer "but not published out of respect for the Buss family's wishes."

Buss is in the intensive care unit of the hospital with an undisclosed form of cancer, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. Bresnahan reports that the team declined to comment.

Per the reports, Lakers players have been calling with well-wishes and some have visited Buss in the hospital. RadarOnline.com wrote that they're "stopping by to see him in what they expect to be his final days."

Buss was hospitalized in the summer of 2012 and treated for dehydration. In 2011, he was hospitalized with blood clots in his leg.

Since Buss purchased the Lakers in 1979, the franchise has won 10 NBA championships. Buss, 79, was inducted into the Naismith Hall Of Fame in 2010.

More from the Associated Press:

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Times reports that Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized with cancer.

The Times says Buss has spent time in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and that several current and former Lakers players, including Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson, have visited him.

Team spokesman John Black told The Associated Press on Thursday that the team has no plans to comment on Buss' health. Buss spokesman Bob Steiner said information would have to come from the Lakers.

The 79-year-old Buss has been hospitalized several times in recent years. He was hospitalized last July for treatment of dehydration. He was treated for blood clots in his legs in December 2011.

Since Buss took ownership of the Lakers in 1979, the franchise has won 10 NBA titles.

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