Jeanie Buss adds to Lakers legacy as first female owner to capture an NBA championship

Source: Cassandra Negley

Jeanie Buss made history late Sunday when she came down to the court to accept the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Buss, who took over the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017, is the first female controlling owner to lead an NBA organization to a championship.

“I look forward to celebrating with you. Until then, I will bring back the trophy to Los Angeles, where it belongs.” – @JeanieBuss— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 12, 2020

The Basketball Association of America formed in 1946 and merged with the National Basketball League three years later to form the NBA. It’s been more than 70 years without a woman winning a title as the principal owner.

Buss, 59, took over as controlling owner of the Lakers in 2017 after a legal battle with her brothers. The Buss Family Trust owns the organization, and Buss serves as president. Her father, Jerry Buss, won 10 NBA titles as owner of the team from 1979 until his death in 2013.

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