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Kraft found a friend in Buss

Similar thinkers established a connection after learning the ropes together

Updated: February 20, 2013, 5:48 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

Jerry Buss, the flamboyant and wildly successful entrepreneur who died Monday of complications from cancer, established himself as one of the greatest owners in sports for his stewardship of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Yet his initial foray into team ownership began in 1974 with the Los Angeles Strings of World Team Tennis, where he developed a friendship with another fledgling investor, Robert Kraft, owner of the Boston Lobsters.

"We both learned ...

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