L.A. Times article: “Closing Door On A Lakers’ Era”

As highlighted within this longer article from the Los Angeles Times:

Jerry Buss’ show-stopping mansion in Playa del Rey has sold for $5.1 million.

There’s no mistaking that the Italian-style villa was custom built in 1998 by the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and billionaire. Lakers logos adorn the home’s stained-glass double-door entry, which opens to a rotunda.

Tile floors, wood-beam ceilings and a winding staircase continue the architectural style inside. A three-stop elevator connects the 10,846 square feet of living space.

There are multiple balconies, three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms — just enough excess to befit the man who transformed the professional basketball team into what became known as “Showtime” by giving seats to celebrities and entertaining fans with the Laker Girls.

Wooden floors step down to the living room on the second level of the house, where columns flank the fireplace. A bar sits on one side of the game room.

An immense master suite includes a lounge and a separate living area with a fireplace. The rooftop deck, with a spa, has views of the ocean, marina and cityscape.

Two four-car garages complete the estate.

Buss, who died last year at 80, was a real estate mogul and majority owner of the Lakers, which he bought in 1979. The Lakers won 10 National Basketball Assn. championships under him.

Barbra Stover of Rodeo Realty handled the transaction.