Galas aren't just for actors and musicians! They're for athletes too!!
Last night marked the 28th annual Sports Spectacular Gala held in Century City, California, and some of the BIGGEST names in sports came out to play!
The night featured a memorial for the late Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss as well as an award ceremony for athletes such as US soccer superstar Hope Solo and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul!
But the real guest of honor was none other than Jason Collins, who earned the title of Inspirational Athlete of the year for his decision to become the first active player to come out as openly gay in a major U.S. sport!
The trailblazing center said:
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Everyone was saddened when they heard about Jerry Buss's death, as he had been the owner of the L.A. Lakers for decades.
People also knew that he had been battling cancer, but nobody expected his death to be so sudden. We didn't even know what kind of cancer he had! So what happened?
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It's only been a few days since the Lakers owner, Jerry Buss passed, and he's already being missed like craaaazzzzy.
On Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant took center court at the Staples Center to pay tribute to the NBA legend and to get the crowd to join him in a moment of silence, and once the lights went off… we couldn't help but tear up.
Bryant was lucky enough to deliver his speech without crying all over his warmup suit, but as soon as Magic Johnson began to show his respects toward Jerry at the ESPN studios, the water works almost went everywhere.
Dr. Buss died at 80 from kidney failure, which stemmed from complications from cancer.
The NBA will never be the same again.
Rest in peace, Jerry.
Ch-ch-check out the moving tribute (above)!
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Jerry Buss unfortunately passed Monday morning, and even though he's gone, Mark Cuban revealed that he will ALWAYS keep the late Lakers owner close to his heart.
The Dallas Mavericks owner said:
"Jerry Buss was the guy I looked up to in the NBA. When I got into the NBA he was the one guy who told me don't worry about what other people are saying. Just stay true to yourself. Believe in what you're doing and good things will happen. The NBA will definitely miss him. I'll miss him."
We're all gonna MISS him!
Buss passed at the age of 80 from cancer.
May he rest in peace.
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This has to be one of the saddest days in NBA history.
Los Angeles Lakers owner, Jerry Buss passed away this morning at the age of 80.
Buss was recently hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center suffering from cancer, and even though he was fighting for his life, his body could not take the disease anymore.
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This is just sad!
Los Angeles Lakers owner, Jerry Buss has been in and out of the hospital for a few years now, and while he's currently hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in El Lay, this hospitalization might just be his last.
A source close to the billionaire said:
“Jerry isn’t doing well and it’s quite sad, but he’s surrounded by loved ones. The cancer is just too much and it looks like this is the end for him.”
Considering that Buss may be unfortunately passing soon, Lakers superstars have been calling and stopping by to see him to wish him well.
Jerry turned 79 last month, so if he does go any minute now, at least he can say that he lived a very long and successful life.
Our prayers go out to Buss and his family during this hard time.
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El Lay Lakers owner Jerry Buss was rushed to the hospital Monday night after falling ill at his El Lay home!
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