Jerry West Rumors
Mike Bresnahan: Jerry West on signing Shaq in 1996: “One of the happiest moments of my life. I knew it was going to change the landscape of this city.”
What’s the most common mistake you see teams making in the draft? Jerry West: Drafting athletes because they have superior athletic ability and not seeing the skill level and, maybe, the desire. But I’ll say this. Everyone says the players are getting worse. I think the players are getting easier to deal with today. I really do, because some of them are so dedicated. These young kids are so dedicated.
Jerry West: We would not have taken Darko Milicic under any circumstances. I went to see him play in Europe and he wouldn’t play the game because he knew I was there. I wouldn’t have drafted him. He was very skilled. If you just brought him in for a workout, with his size, he would have been a very impressive workout. But at the end of the day, we would not have drafted him, I can assure you.