HoopsHype Jerry West rumors

July 4, 2013 Updates

The Lakers said little about their vast championship history (16 NBA titles) and storied franchise players (Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Or that they could sign Howard to a five-year deal worth $118 million as opposed to a four-year deal worth $87.6 million with any other team. "He has seen the championship banners every day in the facility and the retired jerseys," said a league source familiar with the details surrounding the meetings. "The Lakers know how Dwight feels about their past and legacy. They didn't want to go into that. "Their concern to him was the present and future." Long Beach Press-Telegram

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The Kings are continuing to pursue former Pacers president Larry Bird, but a person briefed on Bird's plans told CBSSports.com on Friday that it would be surprising if Bird took the job. If the Kings were able to add a big name -- they've also spoken with Mike Dunleavy and Hall of Famer Chris Mullin -- it would be for the role of team president with the authority to hire a GM. Another possibility would be to hire a top basketball mind to serve in a role similar to Jerry West's advisory role with Golden State, where Ranadive was a minority owner before becoming the managing owner of the Kings. CBSSports.com

June 3, 2013 Updates

In an interview with USA TODAY Sports, West made it clear that his role in assisting Ranadive has been severely overstated by several media reports and said he took exception to the idea that he would be the unofficial point man in the process. "For some reason, I've gotten two or three calls from people (wanting the job) saying that (they) want to get in front of him and could you help, and I think it's ludicrous," West said. "I sent back to them and said that in no way, shape or form am I advising him – period. I believe that if you make an obligation to someone … and my obligation is always to (Warriors owner) Joe (Lacob) and the rest of the Warriors organization, and I have no interest in helping anyone, OK? Anyone except if I can help the Warriors obviously." USA Today Sports

Yet while it has been reported that West is pushing for his former Memphis colleague, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace, he said the only candidate he's endorsing is Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk. "I think with Travis, I see a lot of people get jobs, but this guy is eminently qualified," West said of Schlenk. "I don't call many times or talk to people on behalf of people – and I get a lot of calls to do it – but I have an unbelievably high regard for him and I think he would be a great choice, whether he's (Ranadive's) choice or not. USA Today Sports

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When the new GM is hired could take some time.Geoff Petrie and Co. continue to work on the NBA Draft while the search continues for Petrie's replacement. Ranadive is being advised during this process by the likes of Jerry West, among others. So the search won't be limited to known candidates like GSW asst. GM Travis Schlenk. One situation to monitor is Indiana. If Larry Bird is truly interested in returning to the franchise, Kevin Pritchard becomes an option. Ranadive could also make a run at Bird. In this search, there's no reason Ranadive won't swing for the fences, which is why San Antonio's R.C. Buford came up, even though most don't expect there to be any interest from Buford. Sulia

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The team was a motley crew. Several players were from Europe. Others came from tough parts of Memphis. There was an unusual chemistry at work. Jerry West, a basketball legend who was then the general manager of the Grizzlies, made regular appearances at practice to watch his son Jonnie. He liked to be involved. “He was very respectful of the coaches,” Van Hoozer said. “He would say, ‘Coach Peters, would you mind if I stopped practice?’ ‘No, Mr. West. Go right ahead.’ And then he would huddle the kids up. Sometimes, he’d really get on them. The whole thing was kind of surreal.” New York Times

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Jackson, 67, is not actively seeking a return to the NBA as a coach, but rather would covet a leading role in shaping a franchise from the coaching staff to personnel decisions. According to the person familiar with Jackson's plans, he is keeping his options open but seems to prefer a role similar to Jerry West's advisory role with the Golden State Warriors over a team presidency in the Pat Riley mold. CBSSports.com

April 25, 2013 Updates

Hall of Famer and former Laker Jerry West came out in support of Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, who has received heat from media and fans after the team squeaked into the playoffs with a 45-37 record. "I think there's been far too much criticism of Mike [D'Antoni]," West said to Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on ESPN LA 710 radio. "I think it's grossly unfair to him. He inherited a team that had a bunch of injuries," West said. "He inherited a team without a training camp. I think he's done a nice job, to be honest with you." Althoguh West said he expected the Lakers to rehire Phil Jackson, he doesn't understand why people are still fixated on what didn't happen. "I think all of us felt they were going to hire Phil, and it didn't happen," West said. "People have to move on. That's what makes sports so interesting. You have to let decisions that are made be made and see what happens." Los Angeles Times

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Jerry West is a slam dunk for best dad ever ... dropping $1.3 mil on a condo for his 24-year-old son. No justice. The 3,000-square-foot condo sits on a golf course in the exclusive MountainGate complex on L.A.'s Westside. And speaking of West and side ... the condo is 5 minutes from Jerry's estate. TMZ.com

March 14, 2013 Updates

After passing Jerry West for 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and watching Paul Pierce eschew Charles Barkley in 20th, Kevin Garnett offered a rare glimpse inside the personal relationship of the latest Celtics greats. “Paul and I have history, and it’s only right that we come in here and we make history together,” said Garnett. “At 13, 14, we were tearing up his mom’s living room, breaking vases, almost getting our asses whooped. I was with Paul the first time I ever experienced Crenshaw on a Sunday. For y’all who don’t know about Crenshaw on a Sunday, Crenshaw on a Sunday is a big deal. He was taking me out, and we were being 15, 16 years old.” WEEI.com

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