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David West
David West
Position: F
Born: 08/29/80
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:239 lbs. / 108.4 kg.
Salary: $1,499,187
If Bryant decides to play another year, what is his market value? Anonymous NBA executive: “You’d have to find a unique situation where he would be willing to do a David West deal. I don’t mean money wise. He would have to be so willing to sublimate his game. He could only go someplace where he’s not the guy. But would the team have veterans he respects? Do they have a coach who can control him to a certain degree? Would he buy into his role? Otherwise, he’s just a guy who can help a team sell tickets. Kobe can still play, but what he can’t be is the guy that dominates every possession. I don’t know if he can do it. If he does, he has to be around people he respects.”
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Former teammate David West doesn’t see the move taking place, anyway, at least not on a full-time basis. “Nah, he ain’t gonna play power forward,” West said, laughing. Can George do it? “I don’t know,” West said Monday. “He can play. He’s very versatile. But I don’t think that’s a part of his makeup. He’s a wing. He’s a playmaker, a creator. He’ll probably do it in spots. But something that he’s going to consistently play? I don’t think so.”
West had a $12.5 million contract option on the third year of his $36 million Indiana Pacers deal – and walked away to accept a $1.4 million veteran’s minimum with the Spurs. To those who know West – his principle, his depth, his character – they understand his choice was no choice at all. Those who know him understand that he has carefully invested his money, lived amid modest means. It took him six years to buy a new car and a new house upon entering the NBA. He’s a voracious volunteer and donator of time and money.
“I needed be in an environment where I can really learn again,” West told Yahoo Sports. “We’ve got a few guys older than myself, and I can actually look up and ask questions again. “That’s something I haven’t been doing the last few years. You had to focus on your own mindset and mentality and then having to make sure that others are where they need to be. When you’re constantly answering questions, I’ll admit: It gets to be a bit much.