Jerry Buss takes the long view

Laker owner's presence in NBA labor talks is meaningful and figures to have an effect

Updated: October 7, 2011, 3:25 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The rhetoric coming from both sides of the NBA labor dispute has been dire and dangerous. An entire season could be canceled; the system is about to be toppled.

The league is teetering on the brink of financial collapse. The smaller-market, poorer teams just can't make it anymore.

It's enough to make you turn on ESPN Classic and start recording old games just in case we never get any new ones.

Then I noticed Lakers owner Jerry Buss walking into the building in New York on Tuesday ...

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