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Jerry West speaks at a 1981 press conference as Pat Riley and Jerry Buss look on. The Lakers won 10 championships under the ownership of Buss, who passed away one year ago today at the age of 80. (Manny Millan/SI)

Jerry West speaks at a 1981 press conference as Pat Riley and Jerry Buss look on. The Lakers  won 10 championships under the ownership of Buss, who passed away one year ago today at the age of 80. (Manny Millan/SI)

Jerry West speaks at a 1981 press conference as Pat Riley and Jerry Buss look on. Buss passed away on Monday at the age of 80. (Manny Millan/SI)

Jerry West speaks at a 1981 press conference as Pat Riley and Jerry Buss look on. Buss passed away on Monday at the age of 80. (Manny Millan/SI)

After 28 years as NBA Commissioner, David Stern announced that he’ll resign his post in 2014. In this photo, just his second year on the job, Stern and the world champion Lakers visit Ronald Reagan in The White House. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

IN FOCUS: David Stern’s career in photos 

After 28 years as NBA Commissioner, David Stern announced that he’ll resign his post in 2014. In this photo, just his second year on the job, Stern and the world champion Lakers visit Ronald Reagan in The White House. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
IN FOCUS: David Stern’s career in photos 

Pat Riley backs down Phil Jackson during a 1972 game between the Lakers and Knicks. The two would win a combined 16 championships as coaches. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Pat Riley | Phil Jackson

Pat Riley backs down Phil Jackson during a 1972 game between the Lakers and Knicks. The two would win a combined 16 championships as coaches. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Pat Riley | Phil Jackson

Today is Pat Riley’s 67th birthday. In this 1972 photo, Riley celebrates with teammate Wilt Chamberlain after the Lakers beat the Bucks for the 1972 NBA championship. Riley averaged 7 points per game over his nine-year career. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

SI VAULT: Riley not named one of NBA’s best-dressed players
SI VAULT: Coach Riley leads Lakers to NBA title (6.21.82)

Today is Pat Riley’s 67th birthday. In this 1972 photo, Riley celebrates with teammate Wilt Chamberlain after the Lakers beat the Bucks for the 1972 NBA championship. Riley averaged 7 points per game over his nine-year career. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
SI VAULT: Riley not named one of NBA’s best-dressed playersSI VAULT: Coach Riley leads Lakers to NBA title (6.21.82)

The 1987-88 Lakers pose for an SI photo shoot before the playoffs. The team would win the NBA title two months later, becoming the first back-to-back champions in 20 years. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: Iconic photos of the Lakers

The 1987-88 Lakers pose for an SI photo shoot before the playoffs. The team would win the NBA title two months later, becoming the first back-to-back champions in 20 years. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: Iconic photos of the Lakers

Pat Riley backs down Phil Jackson during a 1972 game between the Lakers and Knicks. The two would win a combined 16 championships as coaches. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

Pat Riley backs down Phil Jackson during a 1972 game between the Lakers and Knicks. The two would win a combined 16 championships as coaches. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)