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Encyclopedia > Jerry West
Jerry West
Position Guard/Forward
Nickname Mr. Clutch, Zeke from Cabin Creek, The Logo
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Nationality USA
Born May 28, 1938 (1938-05-28) (age 69)
Flag of West Virginia Chelyan, West Virginia
College West Virginia University
Draft 1st Round, 1960
Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 1960–1974
Former teams Los Angeles Lakers 1960-1974
Awards Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Player Inductee (1979)
NBA 50 Greatest Players (1996)
10-time All-NBA First Team (1962-67, 1970-73)
1969 NBA Finals MVP
13-time All-Star selection (1961-73)
NBA All-Star MVP (1972)
Hall of Fame 1980
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States
Men's Basketball
Olympic Games
Gold 1960 Rome Team Competition

Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. West has also had a successful career as a coach and as an executive. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980, and his dribbling silhouette has long been used in the National Basketball Association's official logo.[1] Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... In the context of basketball, forward usually refers to one of two positions: Power forward Small forward In addition, some basketball players share the attributes of a small forward and a point guard, and are accordingly called point forwards. ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_West_Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, with the off-site campuses of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, and a clinical campus for... 1960 NBA Draft. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (commonly referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to comprise the fifty best and most influential players... The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Basketball has been played consistently on the Summer Olympics since 1936, with a demonstration event in 1904. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... The 1960 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVII Olympiad, were held in 1960 in Rome, Italy. ... Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics was the fifth appearance of the sport in Olympic competition. ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... “NBA” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


West was a standout in high school and at college, attending West Virginia University and leading it to the 1959 NCAA championship game (of which he was named Most Valuable Player) before embarking on a 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He also played for, and co-captained with Oscar Robertson, the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team in Rome. West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, with the off-site campuses of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, and a clinical campus for... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ...


His nicknames included "Mr. Clutch," for his skill and ability to make a shot in a clutch situation, and "Zeke from Cabin Creek," given to him by teammate Elgin Baylor, and one West was not particularly fond of. The latter name is somewhat of a misnomer, but not completely; Cabin Creek is the name of both a stream and a community near West's hometown of Chelyan. The community of Cabin Creek is on the opposite side of the stream from Chelyan as it enters the Kanawha River. He also has a nickname, "The Logo", referring to the NBA logo featuring his silhouette[1]. Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. ... Map of the Kanawha River watershed, showing its main tributary, the New River. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ...


West's son, Jonnie, is currently a redshirted-freshman for the West Virginia Mountaineers basketball squad. Jonathan Jonnie West (born May 18, 1986 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a basketball player for the West Virginia Mountaineers. ... The West Virginia Mountaineers are the athletic teams of West Virginia University. ...

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Early life

Jerry West attended East Bank, West Virginia, High School from 1952-1956. He was named an All-State from 1953-56, and an All-American in 1956, when he was also named West Virginia Player of the Year after becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season (32.2 ppg, 1956). He also led East Bank to a state championship that same year. Due to West's tremendous play in the state championship, the school of East Bank changes its name every year on that same day to West Bank. East Bank is a town in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Collegiate Career

Jerry West played for the West Virginia University Mountaineers in Morgantown, West Virginia from 1956-1960. The West Virginia Mountaineers are the athletic teams of West Virginia University. ... Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County,GR6 West Virginia, on the banks of the Monongahela River. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1958, West broke onto the national scene as a sophomore by scoring 17.8 points per game and averaging 11.1 rebounds per game. West started all 28 games of the season, while shooting 49.6% from the field and 73.2% from the free throw line. That season, West earned second-team and third-team All-American and first-team all-Southern Conference honors. He was also named Southern Conference Tournament MVP. West scored a season-high 37 points against Villanova mid-way through the season, along with 13 rebounds. The Mountaineers went 26-2 that season, ending the season with an 89-84 loss to Manhattan College in the post-season tournament. Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Southern Conference (or SoCon) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I. SoCon football teams compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA). ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... Villanova (Latin, new villa) is a generic placename that can refer to several places: Arnaldus de Villanova, a 14 century alchemist, astrologer and physician. ... The main entrance to Manhattan College Manhattan College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college in the Lasallian tradition in New York City. ...


The following season, West's junior one in 1959, established West as one of the best shooters in West Virginia basketball history. While being named a consensus All-American, Southern Conference Player and Athlete of the Year, and Southern Conference Tournament MVP for the second consecutive season, West averaged 26.6 points per game while starting all 34 games. Along with 86 assists on the season, he also averaged 12.3 rebounds per game. West shot a career-high 51.8% from the field, but a career-low 69.7% from the free throw line. West's best game on the season came against Tennessee, when he scored a career-high 44 points, while grabbing 12 rebounds and going 10 for 11 from the free throw line. His 31 rebounds against George Washington late in the season is a career-high of West's. The Mountaineers went 29-5 on the season. West's 903 points on the season was the most in a season by a Mountaineer, until West broke it the following season, while his 340 field goals made is the most in a season. Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Southern Conference (or SoCon) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I. SoCon football teams compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA). ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system. ... The George Washington University (GW), is a private, coeducational university located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The school was founded in 1821 as The Columbian College in the District of Columbia by Baptist ministers using funds bequeathed by George Washington. ...


In West's final collegiate season, 1960, West put up the best performances of his career. He scored a career-high 29.3 points per game and a career-high 134 assists on the season. He also set a career-high of 16.5 rebounds per game. He shot 50.4% from the field and a career-high of 76.6% from the free throw line. West was again a consensus All-American selection, first-team all-Southern Conference, and Southern Conference Tournament MVP (for the third consecutive season). West's best performance of the season was a 40-point and 16-rebound game against Virginia. West's 908 points on the season is the most points scored in a season by a Mountaineer while his 510 rebounds on the season is also a school record. His 30 double-doubles on the season is also a Mountaineer record while his 15 30-point games is also a record. Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Southern Conference (or SoCon) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I. SoCon football teams compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA). ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ...


In his career, West totaled 2,309 points and 1,240 rebounds. He averaged 24.8 points per game for his career and 13.3 rebounds per game. West currently holds the career-school records for most points scored, most points per game, most field goals made (843 FGs), most free throws made (623 FTs), most free throws attempted (851 FTs), most rebounds, most double-doubles (70), most 20-point games (64), and most 30-point games. West also has the second most field goals attempted in a career (1,660 FGs), second most career rebounding average (13.33), and second most career 10-point games (89). West is often considered the greatest basketball player in Mountaineer history.


In addition to the Olympic Games, he was a member of the U.S. Pan American Games gold medal-winning team (1959). The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... The Pan American Games are a multi-sport event, held every four years between competitors from all nations of the Americas. ...


NBA career

Drafted in the NBA, West spent his entire professional career (1960-74) with the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. Although he was teamed with Hall-of-Fame scorer Elgin Baylor for most of his career, West still averaged more than 30 points per game in four different seasons and led the league in scoring during the 1969-70 season. One of the most memorable moments of the '69-'70 season came in the NBA Finals, against the New York Knicks. In Game 3, West hit a 60-foot shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Although the Knicks won the game and the series, West's shot is often called one of the most memorable moments in Finals history.[2] Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


An excellent playmaker, West also led the league in assists per game during the 1971-72 season. Although steals weren't recorded by the NBA until West's final season, at age 35 West became the first player in the league to ever record 10 steals in a single game — still the Lakers franchise record.

The silhouette on the NBA logo is that of Jerry West.

Heralded as one of the most legendary clutch shooters in the NBA's history, West averaged 29.1 points per game in 153 playoff games, including 40.6 in 11 playoff games in 1965, and sank one of the most famous shots in NBA history: a 60-footer with no time remaining to send Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks into overtime (the shot was only worth two points since the NBA did not have three-point field goals at this time), a game the Lakers ultimately lost. Image File history File links National_Basketball_Association_logo. ... Image File history File links National_Basketball_Association_logo. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


West played in nine NBA Finals, but finished his career with only one championship, won in the 1971-72 season, the year the Lakers established a modern North American professional sports record of 33 straight wins. He retired two years later, after leading the Lakers to yet another Pacific Division title in the 1973-74 season — this, in spite of the loss of legendary center Wilt Chamberlain to retirement. As a testimony to West's on-court leadership and presence, the Lakers fell to the Pacific Division cellar the year after he retired, posting a 30-52 record. West later became a coach who carried the Lakers into the playoffs in his three seasons 1976-1979, after which he was hired as an executive for the club in various positions. The 1971-72 NBA Season was the 26th season of the National Basketball Association. ... This is a list of the longest winning streaks in National Basketball Association history. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


When he retired, West had scored 25,192 points, averaged 27.0 points per game, and made 7,160 free throws and 6,238 assists. During his career, West was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team four times (the NBA All-Defensive Team did not exist until West's ninth season), to the All-NBA First Team 10 times, and played in the All-Star Game 13 times. West was named the All-Star Game MVP in 1972. West is still the only player ever to be named NBA Finals MVP when on a losing team. He accomplished this in the 1969 NBA Finals against Boston, the first year the award was given. In 1980 he was named to the NBA's 35th Anniversary All-Time Team and in 1996 was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. The 1969 NBA Finals was one of the most spectacular Finals series ever. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (also referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Legacy

Jerry West is considered the greatest basketball player in West Virginia history, and one of the greatest athletes in the school's history. Along with becoming one of the greatest collegiate players in the NCAA and leading the Mountaineers' to the school's only national title appearance (a loss in 1960), West is considered as one of the greatest players in professional basketball history and one of the best of his era in the NBA. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ...


West was known for his long shot range, in a time when there was no three-point shot line, tough defense, and his will to win. West was the third player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points along with greats Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson. West was an All-Star every year of his 14-year career and led the Lakers to five NBA Finals appearances. He is one of the greatest Lakers' in history after being drafted second overall in 1960. Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


For a period of time in certain parts of West Virginia, West's home state, pee-wee basketball was known as Jerry West basketball. It was used in the same context that youth baseball leagues use with Babe Ruth baseball, or youth football leagues use Pop Warner football. In the summer of 2000, the city of Morgantown, West Virginia, and West Virginia Governor Cecil Underwood, dedicated the road outside of the West Virginia University Basketball Coliseum, "Jerry West Boulevard." The same road is shared on the south end of Morgantown with Don Knotts Boulevard, in honor of another WVU alumnus. Also, on November 26, 2005, his number 44 became the first basketball number to be retired by West Virginia University and on February 17, 2007, a bronze statue of him was honored outside of the WVU Coliseum. George Herman Ruth, Jr. ... The term Pop Warner can refer to: Pop Warner Little Scholars, the non-profit organization that offers youth American football and cheerleading & dance programs. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County,GR6 West Virginia, on the banks of the Monongahela River. ... Cecil Harland Underwood (b. ... WVU Coliseum is a 14,000-seat multi-purpose arena on the Evansdale campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. ... Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (a role which earned him five Emmy Awards), and as landlord Ralph Furley on the television sitcom Threes... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, with the off-site campuses of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, and a clinical campus for... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Management

In 1982, Jerry West was named general manager of the Lakers, and through shrewd trades and draft picks, maintained the Lakers' status in the NBA elite for the rest of the decade. These teams were built around the core of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, and would go on to win four more championships in 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988, becoming the first team to win back-to-back championships since the great Boston Celtics dynasty did so in 1968 and 1969. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Earvin Johnson, Jr. ... For the football player, see Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar. ... James Ager Worthy (b. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ...


Following a slump in the early 1990s, West received the NBA Executive of the Year Award in 1995 after his Lakers reached the playoffs with a team built around Nick Van Exel, Eddie Jones, Cedric Ceballos, and Vlade Divac. West is credited for bringing Kobe Bryant onto the team, trading Divac to the Charlotte Hornets for Bryant's draft rights, and signing free agent Shaquille O'Neal to the team, which would later go on to win three consecutive NBA titles. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The NBA Executive of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best front office executive. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... There are several noteworthy people named Eddie Jones: Eddie Jones, a basketball player. ... Cedric Z. Ice Ceballos (born August 2, 1969 in Maui, Hawaii) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. As a small forward, he played most notably for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, later finishing his career with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, and Miami... Vlade Divac (Serbian: Владе Дивац) (born February 3, 1968, in Prijepolje, Serbia) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player who spent most of his career in the United States NBA. At 71 he played at center and was known for his deft passing skills. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is an American professional basketball player, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


In 2002 he was hired as president of basketball operations by the Memphis Grizzlies. Although it was the worst team in the NBA at that time, West quietly rebuilt the squad. In 2004, the Grizzlies won 50 games for the first time in their history, and West was named NBA Executive of the Year for the second time. The Grizzlies made the playoffs 3 straight years from 2004 to 2006, getting swept in the first round each time. In 2007, the team slumped to the worst record in the NBA once again, leading West to announce that he would retire after the end of the season. West sold his Memphis home to Michael Heisley's Hoops LP company for $3.7 million dollars. [3] Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Michael E. Heisley is an American businessman who is the majority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. ...


On May 27, 2007, ESPN reporter Ric Bucher reported a story that Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers had expressed to him an ultimatum that involved West. Supposedly, Kobe demanded for the Lakers to bring back West to the front office and give him "full authority" otherwise he would ask to be traded out of Los Angeles. Hours later Kobe refuted the story. Bryant said he did not link his future with the Lakers to the hiring of West, as ESPN.com reported Sunday, May 27, 2007. He has not asked for a trade and did not foresee seeking one if West was not hired. "I would love for him to be a part of this," Bryant said. "But it's not something where I demand he comes here. All I can do is offer my thoughts. I love being a Laker. I want to retire a Laker. I want to fix this thing, or at least help any way I can." West was responsible for bringing together Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. West has said that he is going to stay with Memphis until a replacement GM is found. [4][5] It has been reported that after he leaves Memphis, that West will indeed return to the Lakers front office, but only as a summer consultant, however it is reported that it is very unlikely for West to come back full-time, mostly due to his son playing collegiate basketball at West Virginia University. [6] is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is an American professional basketball player, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jonathan Jonnie West (born May 18, 1986 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a basketball player for the West Virginia Mountaineers. ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, with the off-site campuses of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, and a clinical campus for...


See also

NBA scoring champions were decided on total points scored through the 1968-69 season, after which points per game was used to determine the champion. ... List of National Basketball Association players who have scored 60 or more points in a single game. ...

References

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External links

  • Basketball Hall of Fame biography
  • Jerry West Career Statistics
Preceded by
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NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
1969
Succeeded by
Willis Reed
Preceded by
Elgin Baylor
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player
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1959
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Jerry Lucas
Preceded by
Bill Sharman
Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach
19761979
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Jack McKinney
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Jerry West - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1136 words)
Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938 in Chelyan, West Virginia) has had one of the most successful careers ever in professional basketball, first as a player, then as a coach and finally as an executive.
In the summer of 2000, the city of Morgantown, West Virginia and West Virginia Governor Cecil Underwood, dedicated the road outside of the West Virginia University Basketball Coliseum, "Jerry West Boulevard".
West later became a coach who carried the Lakers into the playoffs in his three seasons 1976-1979, after which he was hired as an executive for the club in various positions.
NBA.com: Jerry West Bio (2243 words)
In the 1965 NBA Playoffs, West averaged 40.6 ppg over 11 contests; his 46.3 ppg average against Baltimore in the division finals was a record for a six-game series.
West remained as uptight in the front office as he had been on the court.
West was named the NBA Executive of the Year for 1995 after the Lakers posted their best record in four seasons.
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