*During a visit to “The Tonight Show” on Monday, former Los Angeles Lakers star Dennis Rodman became too emotional to continue speaking when the topic turned to Jerry Buss, the Lakers owner who died Monday.

“He’s just like my dad, and he just — damn, man, it’s like wow….” he began on Monday’s show, before he was overcome with emotion. [Scroll down to watch.]

Earlier in the day, Rodman sent a tweet that echoed that sentiment: “My thoughts and prayers are with the Buss family. Dr. Jerry Buss was like a Dad to me and is a tremendous loss to Lakers fam.”
Rodman played for the Lakers during the 1998-99 season. Buss, who died at age 80 in Los Angeles after battling cancer, purchased the Lakers in 1979.

Rodman next appears in NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” which premieres March 3.