‘‘He was a brilliant, incredible owner but an even better person,’’ Bryant said. ‘‘His innovation transcended the game and we are all, all spoiled by his vision and his drive to win year after year after year.’’
There was a moment of silence in the darkened arena before the crowd broke up the quiet with chants of ‘‘Jerry, Jerry.’’
‘‘It was very emotional and very nice,’’ Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said, noting the crowd’s energy. ‘‘You couldn’t help but feel it and I think the players felt it, also.’’
A memorial service for invited guests will be held Thursday at Nokia Theatre across the street from Staples Center. Buss will be buried in a private service on Friday.
NOTES: Lakers F Pau Gasol said he hopes to get off his crutches soon and return before the end of the regular season. He had surgery on his right foot after injuring it on Feb. 5. ... The Celtics signed free agent G-F Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract on Wednesday. He had been playing with Guangdong in the Chinese league, averaging 17.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 29 games. ... Jeanie Buss accepted condolences on her father’s passing from numerous well-wishers stopping by her seat before the game. ... Jack Nicholson and Dyan Cannon, longtime Lakers fans dating to the team’s days at the Forum in Inglewood, were on hand.