Six current Lakers connected to Shaq

Jerry Buss traded a Hall of Fame center and parlayed him into another title maker

Updated: June 2, 2010, 10:43 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

He sat on an island off the coast of Venice, Italy, six years ago.

While Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss sipped on glasses of red wine, his empire thousands of miles away was crumbling.

Buss had recently traded away the most dominant player in basketball, Shaquille O'Neal, and let go of the most dominant coach in basketball, Phil Jackson. Three days removed from being three wins away from winning his fourth NBA title in five years, Buss had blown up the nucleus of his ...

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