Jerry West Rumors
The NBA will conclude Fit Week 2017 on Thursday, Jan. 26 in Los Angeles with its second annual Total Health Forum, the league announced today. The forum, hosted alongside Kaiser Permanente, will feature NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul, Hall of Famer Jerry West, two-time WNBA champion Sue Bird, NBA legends Rick Fox and James Worthy, among others, and will be emceed by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.
Buss is the figurehead of a family enterprise. She leans heavily on those she trusts, but ultimately, she is the boss. One way or another, her fingerprints will soon be all over the team that takes the court at Staples Center. “I think she understands that she has to make decisions that are important for the future of the franchise, for the growth of the franchise,” said Jerry West, who ran the Lakers front office alongside Kupchak until the summer of 2000 and is currently an executive board member with the Golden State Warriors. “She knows she has to do that. And I don’t think she’d be afraid to do that.”
Jerry West, adviser to General Manager Bob Myers, had his eye on Durant for more than a year. He was charmed then and is over the moon now. “I was watching him work the other day, and I told him I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody more professional,” West said. “He’s absolutely a joy to be around. He’s just so efficient. He does so much more than score points. In fact, I think he should probably shoot more.”
“I hated to see Bogut go,” West said. “He was our best post defender, and he was a big factor when he was healthy. But some of our younger players are filling in. Looney is one of our smartest players. He can rebound, he can pass, and he sees the game very well. And this rookie (Patrick McCaw from UNLV) may not look very strong, but that rascal comes in and makes an impact whenever he plays.
This week during The TK Show, a podcast hosted by San Jose Mercury News sports columnist Tim Kawakami, West took that a step further and said that if free agency had been around when he played he would not be the same Laker icon. “I remember years ago, if I had an opportunity to leave the Lakers I would have left, for one reason: because I did not like an owner that was not telling me the truth. It would have made no difference what they would have offered me, I would have left. It’s easy to say after the fact, but players have earned the right to go where they want to go.”
Even NBA commissioner Adam Silver vowed to fix the system that allowed a player of Durant’s caliber to join a team that just won 73 games and nearly a second straight title. That comment from Silver was definitely something that ground West’s gears. On The TK Show, West talked about comments from owners and commissioner Silver saying it’s unfair to the people involved in this signing and teams in a position in the future who may make a signing of that stature. He even said he called Silver and voiced his displeasure with those comments. “It’s sour grapes,” West said. “We signed Shaquille O’Neal and it wasn’t as big an uproar as this. Listen, the owners make the rules. They negotiate with the players. And for them to say something like that, to me it’s wrong on their part. The commissioner said something like that and I called him about it. I told him I didn’t think the comment was fair. It’s not fair to Kevin. It’s not fair to the Warriors. It’s not fair to any team going forward who will sign a free agent of this stature. “The players bargained for this. They have a chance to go play where they want to. I only wish I had that opportunity in my career and I’m sure a lot of other people felt the same way.”