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May 28, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers legend Jerry West turned 75 years old Tuesday. West, who is currently an executive with the Golden State Warriors, spent his entire playing career with the Lakers from 1960-1974. The Hall of Fame guard led the Lakers to the title in 1971-72; the team won a record 33-straight games along the way. West served as the Lakers' head coach from 1976-1979 but may have made his greatest impact on the Lakers as general manager from 1982 to 2000. In 1996, West signed Shaquille O'Neal and traded for the draft rights to Kobe Bryant -- setting up the initial championship three-peat starting in 2000.
March 14, 2014
Lakers' ownership announces they've signed Kobe to a max contract without knowing the status of his health, Phil announces he's signing with the Knicks, and Webster's dictionary announces they're putting a picture of Jim next to the word "Blunderbuss. " Jerry Leibowitz Culver City :: You could put Phil Jackson, Pat Riley and Jerry West in the Lakers' front office and they still wouldn't be able to surround the aging $24-million-per-year Kobe Bryant with enough talent to resurrect the Lakers in one or two years because there isn't enough room left under the salary cap. Bryant will just have to endure his frustration over the Lakers losing all the way to the bank.
June 19, 1988
Thank you for the refreshing piece on Jerry West, the Lakers and their front office. Mark Rowland did a terrific job delivering the passion and politics behind the scenes of basketball's greatest team. JILL BENJAMIN Venice
January 31, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Magic Johnson will no longer complain about the Lakers. He promises. Johnson took to Twitter to call a cease-fire on himself after weeks of probing, questioning and even haranguing the Lakers. "I'm going to stop complaining. I'm going to support and encourage [team executive] Jim Buss and Coach [Mike] D'Antoni because I love the Lakers!" Johnson wrote Thursday night. "It doesn't do the Lakers players, coaches or ownership any good for me to complain. " He also added, "I want to give Coach D'Antoni credit because offensively he's put the Lakers' players in positions to be successful!"
July 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Once the finality settled in, the emotions overwhelmed Jerry West. He labored all season to determine whether he could clear enough cap space to acquire Shaquille O'Neal. Finally, that moment came. West compared the experience to the birth of his children. Securing O'Neal to a seven-year, $120-million deal tilted the NBA's balance in the Lakers' favor. West envisioned O'Neal bringing two things that the Lakers value -- a Hollywood personality and NBA championships. Yet West's perfectionist nature didn't allow him to fully enjoy the moment.
February 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers star and general manager Jerry West told he's still confident in his former team. "I believe they're going to make the playoffs," West said of the Lakers (23-26).  "Look out West, there are some teams two or three games over .500, so they can do it. " Of course those comments came before Tuesday night's victory over the Brooklyn Nets in which Pau Gasol went down with a foot injury. The results of a MRI scheduled for Wednesday have yet to be released.
March 3, 2010
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June 2, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Who's to argue with Jerry West ? … West tells FoxSports Radio that Kobe Bryant is playing "the best basketball I have ever seen him play." … Bryant already has cemented his place among the NBA's all-time elite, but vanquishing Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics would of course greatly augment his legacy. … In a USA Today poll asking if another championship would put Bryant on the same level as Michael Jordan , only 5% of respondents agreed with "Kobe is already better than Jordan," while 42% said "Kobe is great, Jordan is greatest" and 27% said, "Kobe is not even in the top three all time."
February 4, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
No one ever accused Jerry West of shooting too much. . . . While scoring more points than any player in franchise history other than Kobe Bryant , West led the Lakers in shot attempts only four times in 14 seasons. . . . Bryant, leading the Lakers in shots for the 10th consecutive season, is on pace to lead the NBA for the fourth time in five. . . . Surprisingly, though, Mr. Clutch hoisted shots at about the same rate as Bryant, averaging more than 20 a game. . . . Bryant, since becoming a starter, has averaged 21. . . . In a USA Today poll asking readers to pick a favorite between Bryant and LeBron James , 56% opted for James, 28% picked Bryant and 11% refused to choose.
June 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Phil Jackson and Jerry West did not have a strong relationship when the two were with the Lakers. Speaking at the Alex Theatre in Glendale at his "Live Talks Los Angeles" event last week, Jackson gave his account of the time he asked West to leave the Lakers' locker room. Without saying which game (it's believed to be during the Western Conference Finals against Portland Trail Blazers in 2000), Jackson felt his team needed a serious talk after a difficult night. "The Lakers were really struggling, not enjoying playing together," said Jackson.
January 15, 2014 | By Mike James
Magic Johnson has never been reluctant to give his opinion on how the Lakers are playing, and Wednesday he said the problems on the court can be traced to the owner's office. Johnson, whose Hall of Fame playing career included five NBA titles in his 13 seasons with the Lakers, says owner Jim Buss needs to take a few pages from the book written by his father Jerry Buss, who made the Lakers one of the most successful and entertaining franchises in professional sports. “This is what happens when you make the wrong decisions, two coaching wrong decisions, giving Steve Nash that deal, it's backfired,” Johnson said during a meeting at The Times between Dodgers officials and Times writers and editors.
December 22, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Before Kobe Bryant was sidelined with another injury, he didn't look like himself, at least according to Hall of Famer and former Lakers general manager Jerry West, who is currently an executive with the Golden State Warriors. "When he was playing, to me he didn't look like the same player," West said Friday on Dan Patrick's radio show. "He hadn't gotten to where he was real explosive. "I think his shooting will always be there, but I've often wondered if he would have just rested another couple of months, would we have seen a different Kobe Bryant?
December 20, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Age apparently does not affect clutchness. Jerry West, nicknamed "Mr. Clutch," recently proved that at age 75 he still can't miss, even when he tries. During a demonstration to schoolchildren on how to shoot, the former 14-time NBA All-star put up a couple of shots. He showed everyone how to shoot properly. Then he cocked his arm to the side to show everyone how to not shoot. Every single shot he put up, he made. He eventually tells his audience that he hasn't shot a basketball in years.
December 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Has Kobe Bryant underwhelmed in his initial return from Achilles' tendon surgery? Don't be too concerned was the message from Lakers Hall of Famer Jerry West, currently an executive with the Golden State Warriors. Caught on camera by TMZ , West said Bryant is "going to be fine. " "I think it's going to be a little while until he gets his legs under him and be able to find out what he can do," said the Lakers' former general manager.
November 29, 2013
If the Lakers and Kobe wanted his salary to match his jersey number, how about he goes back to No. 8? William David Stone Beverly Hills :: I have followed Mitch Kupchak since he played at North Carolina in the '70s, and if there ever was a general manager as deft and brilliant as Jerry West, it has to be Kupchak. Which makes me nearly positive that during the recent Lakers dealings, Kupchak's job has been to merely give in to the owner and then be forced to explain the lunacy of the owner-impostor, Jim Buss.
October 26, 2013 | David Wharton and Jerry Crowe
The Lakers had plenty of talent when Bill Sharman showed up as their new coach in the summer of 1971. The Hall of Fame lineup included a towering Wilt Chamberlain at center, flanked by Jerry West and Gail Goodrich. What the team lacked -- after years of close misses -- was a championship banner. A fiercely competitive Sharman changed that. "There's a right coach for the right team and the right personnel," West recalled. "And Bill was certainly the right coach for us. " Sharman -- who died Friday at 87 -- will be remembered as the man who molded the Lakers into an elite franchise, guiding the 1971-72 squad to a historic 33 consecutive victories and an NBA title, their first in Los Angeles.
February 8, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
In his first year as executive director of the Northern Trust Open, Jerry West said he had a new appreciation for both the talent of golfers and the perseverance of golf fans. West said Sunday that he understood the nerves of tournament winner Steve Stricker , who had seemed uncomfortable having a six-shot lead going into the final 18 holes. "It's different when you're part of a team sport," basketball legend West said. "You get a lead in basketball and it seems a lot easier to really kick some butt."
August 14, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Hall of Fame Lakers legend Magic Johnson celebrates his 54th birthday Wednesday. Happy bday @MagicJohnson ! - Kobe Bryant ( @kobebryant ) August 14, 2013 Johnson won five NBA titles with the Lakers, starting in 1980 at the end of his rookie season.  The 6-foot-9 point guard won the NBA Finals MVP and the league's regular season MVP three times apiece. Who is the greatest Laker of all time? While Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West may have claims -- it was Johnson who revitalized the Lakers and the NBA in the eighties.
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