HoopsHype Jerry West rumors

June 27, 2012 Updates

I think Jerry West is pushing Waiters. Owner Joe Lacob is intrigued with Drummond. Barnes also in the picture if he falls. I honestly don't think the Warriors know yet. This is why you have to take our Mock Draft, and ANY Mock Draft with a grain of salt. No matter how well connected I am, I can't tell you what a team is going to do when even they don't know. Things will get clearer on Thursday ... HOWEVER, I know many teams who have made their choice in the draft room while on the clock. ESPN.com

The Warriors are preparing for a number of scenarios at No. 7. Depending on how things go on draft night, Barnes, Andre Drummond, Damian Lillard, Dion Waiters or even Kidd-Gilchrist could fall to them. The Warriors like all of the above, but like every other team in the NBA, not everyone agrees on the order. Warriors consultant Jerry West, sources say, has Waiters ranked quite high. Owner Joe Lacob feels like it might be tough to pass on Drummond if he's there. GM Bob Myers, is a Barnes fan. Everyone agrees that Kidd-Gilchrist would be the guy if he falls. There are also Lillard supporters in Golden State. This is why mock drafts are so difficult to make. How are we supposed to report to you what teams will do when they don't know themselves? ESPN.com

June 25, 2012 Updates

We hear that Tyler Zeller has entered the mix for the Warriors at the 7th pick because Warriors executive Jerry West loves him. Seven seems awfully high for a player that many projected as a mid-late first coming into the season. NBADraft.net

June 13, 2012 Updates

To hear Jerry West tell it, the NBA draft was a little different when he passed through it in 1960. "I was the second player taken in the draft, the second player," West told a packed house at The Crow's Nest restaurant along the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor on Tuesday afternoon. "And today, when get you drafted today, you know about it pretty quick. I found out the next day I was drafted No. 2 in the draft. So, it's come a long way." San Jose Mercury-News

June 9, 2012 Updates
June 4, 2012 Updates

The Warriors’ front office will take this week off from hosting group workouts at their downtown Oakland facility and instead will be in Chicago for the predraft combine. General manager Bob Myers, minority owner Jerry West and several other members of the team’s front office will be among more than 100 NBA executives and who will be taking a look at prospective draftees. CSNBayArea.com

May 31, 2012 Updates

Wade finished with 23 points after scoring only two in the first half. From our friends at Elias, he is the first player to score at least 20 points in 12-straight playoff games against the Celtics since Jerry West did so in 18 straight games from 1966 to 1969. ESPN.com

May 27, 2012 Updates

Krueger: What would you like to do to see (the Warriors) team improve and become a playoff team for next season? What do you think are the primary needs? Jerry West: Well, we need to be healthy - that's the most important thing. If we can be healthy, we're gonna be a better team. If we can stay healthy, we're gonna be a better team. But we need a couple of veteran players on our team ... And I'm not talking about guys that are 35, 36 years old. I'm talking about people that have some life left in them, that can really contribute, and give our coach some players that can do the intangible things a heck of a lot better than some of the players we have. We have the youngest team in the league, I believe - we're gonna get a little bit younger in the draft this year, but having said that we can't rely on having the youngest team in the league every year. We have to start producing. San Francisco Chronicle

Radnich: Is it too simple to say, "If Bogut's healthy and plays well, wow - it's gonna be a really fun season. If for whatever reason, Bogut doesn't come through - uh oh, more of the same"? Jerry West: He had two freak injuries, very freak injuries. And this guy's a heck of a player - he's not a good player, he's a HECK of a player. He's a tough kid, he takes up more space, he can block shots, he can rebound; and obviously we'd like to have another guy to go with him and David Lee, another big guy. But I also think our backcourt needs addressing - Steph was hurt last year, we're hopeful that he's gonna be healthy, but we also have to have some insurance. San Francisco Chronicle

April 25, 2012 Updates

Jordan's struggles in the front office aren't unique. He joins a long list of ex-NBA superstars who were somewhat less-stellar executives. The Wall Street Journal examined the careers of 10 NBA Hall of Famers who went on to careers in management, ranking them by their career win percentages. Only three have cumulative records above .500 in their management roles. Jerry West leads the pack with a .629 winning percentage. He won four championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Joe Dumars, a former Detroit Pistons player, led the team to a title from the front office in 2004. Wall Street Journal

March 15, 2012 Updates

Warriors executive board member Jerry West said guard Monta Ellis was maybe his favorite player but the trade was worth the risk. Actually, risk is too strong of a word. “Frankly, I don’t see a risk here myself,” West said before Wednesday’s game atBoston. “I don’t. We get one of the best big men in the league. Period.” Contra Costa Times

West called Bogut the third-best center in the league and said the future rewards from the trade outweigh the setback the Warriors will endure now. He all but salivated at the prospects of putting Bogut with forward David Lee, point guard Stephen Curry and rookie swingman Klay Thompson. West said he recognizes Ellis had a special place in the hearts of fans. But losing Ellis, and even second-year big Ekpe Udoh, was a necessary casualty. West pointed out that the league is pining for centers and said several teams wanted Bogut. That the Warriors had what it took to land Bogut was a good thing. “I think next year, oh my goodness. If I were a fan, I’d be very, very excited,” West said, later adding, “You cannot judge a trade by what happens today. I think you have to look at what happens in the future. I think there’s a lot of people particularly in the league, who I talked to, that thought we did really well.” Contra Costa Times

March 14, 2012 Updates

West said he recognizes Ellis had a special place in the hearts of fans. But losing Ellis, and even second-year big Ekpe Udoh, was a necessary casualty. West pointed out that the league is pining for centers and said several teams wanted Bogut. That the Warriors had what it took to land Bogut was a good thing. “I think next year, oh my goodness. If I were a fan, I’d be very, very excited,” West said, later adding, “You cannot judge a trade by what happens today. I think you have to look at what happens in the future. I think there’s a lot of people particularly in the league, who I talked to, that thought we did really well.” Contra Costa Times

February 22, 2012 Updates

"… I think what Kobe really probably wants is just be informed. As a leader, as a future Hall of Famer, as a guy who has brought five championships to the Lakers and the fans of Los Angeles, he just wants to probably have more communication, probably like he did when Phil Jackson was there and he worked well with Mitch. I don't think that Kobe feels he's got that type of relationship or the communication has been there with Jim. "So, I think what has to probably happen is sit Kobe down [and] Jim, sit him down [too] and say, 'Hey, Dr. Buss was the master at taking you to lunch or taking you to dinner and really going over what he thought about, or what he was thinking and what he wanted to do with the team and Jerry West was great at that as well.' Kobe, Mitch and Jim just got to get on the same page and it will be OK." ESPN.com

February 15, 2012 Updates
February 13, 2012 Updates

Two sources familiar with the workout said Arenas moved well and made a positive impression, but there was no sense of how quickly – if at all – the Lakers would pursue signing him to a free-agent contract. Besides Kupchak, Golden State Warriors consultant Jerry West attended the workout, too, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Sports

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