EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Magic Johnson says Jerry Buss made him the man he is today.
Johnson spoke to reporters about the late Los Angeles Lakers owner on Tuesday night, a day after he died. The Hall of Fame player was working as an ESPN analyst when No. 4 Michigan State hosted top-ranked Indiana.
Johnson says Buss was like a second father, who helped him off the court with business advice. Johnson insists he wouldn't be one of the Los Angeles Dodgers' owners without Buss' influence on his life.
Buss bought the Lakers in 1979, the year Johnson led the Spartans to their first NCAA basketball title. Johnson helped Buss win half of his 10 NBA titles.
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