Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Reportedly Hospitalized for Dehydration Monday Night

Alex KayCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 12:  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. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Dr. Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, was reportedly hospitalized on Monday night with a severe case of dehydration.

The TMZ Sports staff found, via Buss family sources, that the 78-year-old became ill at approximately 9 p.m., when a 911 call was placed. He was quickly brought to a local L.A.-area hospital for treatment, and it is currently unknown if Buss has been released or is still committed.

This isn’t Buss’ first medical scare, as he was hospitalized back in December of last year to treat blood clots caused by excessive travel.

Perhaps the hectic lifestyle that Buss has as the owner of the Lakers, coupled with the fact that he is a notorious high-stakes poker player, is starting to wear on the aging man.

He’s been an immensely important contributor to the sport of basketball and was inducted as a contributor to the Hall of Fame in 2010. Hopefully, Buss will make a speedy recovery and continue to be as active and involved as he has been in the past.

Buss has overseen 10 championships during his tenure as owner and paid some of the best players and coaches to ever play the game. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson are just a few of the big names who have received a paycheck from Dr. Buss.

While Buss is no longer active in the organization’s day-to-day operations—he leaves that up to his son, Jim Buss—he’s still a respected leader and one of the faces of the franchise.

We sincerely hope Dr. Jerry Buss has a full and speedy recovery and gets back to his normal routine soon.