Kobe Bryant remained stoic and the reasons went beyond more important matters than the Lakers' loss Thursday to the Clippers.

He sounded understandably concerned about Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who has been treated for cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

"Out of respect, they obviously don't want us saying too much about it," Bryant said. "But I think we all feel the same as far as his health goes and trying to maintain a positive outlook."

Buss has owned the Lakers since 1979, when he purchased the team along with the Forum, the NHL's Kings and a 13,000-acre ranch in Kern County for $67.5 million from Jack Kent Cooke. The Lakers have won 10 of their 16 NBA championships under Buss. That's only one shy of the Lakers' rival, the Boston Celtics.

"He's extremely, extremely intelligent and extremely patient," Bryant said.

"He knows exactly what he wants to do and how he wants to construct a ballclub. He's extremely smart going about it. It's very rare to find that kind of owner who can seemingly not make any mistakes."