Jeanie Buss's Personal Letter To Her Father Jerry Buss

2/25/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Nov 14, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss attends the NCAA basketball game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Southern California Trojans at the Galen Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsThere is still so much emotion in the Los Angeles Lakers organization from the passing of owner Jerry Buss, but Lakers fans haven't heard too much from his kids, especially Jeanie Buss.

Many Lakers fans feel comfortable with Jeanie because she's been a more public figure with the team than her other brothers or sisters have been, especially since she's been the long-time partner of Phil Jackson.

However, she did speak at her father's private memorial, for which she wrote a very heartfelt, endearing letter to him, which has been made public.

Get your tissues ready!

It reads:

I promise to honor the values you instilled in me of humility, education, hard work, loyalty, family and community. 

You treasured Los Angeles, the city that welcomed you and your ambitions with open arms and in return dreamed of giving her a team the citizens would be proud of and a rival to the dominating Boston Celtics. Your innovations and commitment to winning changed the landscape of the NBA and forced the sports media to end their east coast bias. 

It will at times be heartbreaking to live without you and I know there will be plenty of challenges ahead on the path you set for us, but I will draw comfort from your teachings. When questions and doubts creep into my mind, I will draw from your wisdom, for you were my professor, my ally, my captain. You educated me so thoroughly and believed in me with all your heart that I will never be without you. You gave us a gift which we will continue to nurture and preserve. 

I am humbled by the many who have shared stories with me of how you inspired them to pursue education and invest in their ideas and will continue to find joy and comfort every time I hear another story. 

You will always be my Dad-E-O and I, your little Jeanie-pie. I love you.  

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