HoopsHype Jerry West rumors

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The NBA Hall of Famer was out in Beverly Hills yesterday when we asked if he were in Kobe's shoes ... would he stay in L.A. or demand a trade to a better squad so he could end his career with a shot at competing for a title. And that's when Jerry dropped his truth bomb -- saying Kobe probably won't win another championship during his NBA career. TMZ.com

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Speaking today with Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio, Jerry West: “I’ve never seen a better coach than Gregg Popovich. He does less than more. But having said that, when he gets less, he develops it into something really good. They have a great development program down there. For a coach coming into this league, if they don’t hire people who are really competent, to take these young kids who haven’t made it somewhere but have talent and build a system they can prosper in, but more importantly to get these kids shoot the ball. When they got Kawhi Leonard, he was not a shooter. It tells you the significance of what they’ve done internally to improve their team.” San Antonio Express-News

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NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West tells TMZ Sports ... he doesn't get a single cent in residuals for being featured on the official NBA logo ... and you can tell by his tone, he's not happy about it. West was leaving a birthday dinner at Madeo in Beverly Hills this week -- when we asked him about the perks of having one of the most famous silhouettes in all of sports. But the question seemed to strike a nerve with the NBA legend ... who told us the situation with the logo is "complicated" ... and not in a good way. TMZ.com

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Jerry West has been busy at the NBA draft combine in Chicago the last few days -- he wasn't in Oklahoma City for the meeting Monday night that convinced Steve Kerr to join the Warriors. But when I reached West on Thursday, he was clearly satisfied with the way the Warriors' coaching search turned out and how it fits into co-owner Joe Lacob's big-picture plan. "All of us are pleased by this hire," West said of Kerr. "He's someone who has a long history with successful teams. We're just hopeful that he can have the same kind of success here as a coach that he had as a player. "Being on championship teams, learning from some of the best coaches in this game, his experience as a general manager . . . all of these factors will help him in this job. San Jose Mercury-News

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In the wake of Phil Jackson’s first setback as president, getting spurned by Steve Kerr, Warriors consultant/minority owner Jerry West said it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Zen Master to do what he does best — coach the Knicks himself. “I think his greatest value would be down there on the bench, to be honest with you, because he’s had so much success and this is going to be a particularly difficult challenge [for the front office] because they are faced with challenges back there,’’ West told The Post at the Chicago draft combine. “The first thing he has to do is find a coach he’ll be satisfied with unless he decides to do it. At this point of his life, his health issues, which he keeps pretty private, it might not be something he wants to do.’’ New York Post

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Lacob bought the right to meddle. Anyone who believes an owner should sign the checks and shut up lives in a fantasy world. Why would anyone spend that kind of money if he wasn't going to be involved? The key to Lacob's success will lie in trusting his basketball people. He has three gems in Rick Welts, Jerry West and Bob Myers. And in this case, Lacob listened to all three. San Francisco Chronicle

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Lacob will keep watching and waiting. He'll seek counsel from his revered consultant, legendary player and executive Jerry West, and make the cold and calculated decision that he bought the right to make when his group paid a then-league record $450 million. "When I speak to Joe, he likes what we have," O'Neal said. "But hey, it's a different era right now. We have a new breed of owners in our league and their patience is a lot shorter. So I don't know ultimately what his plan is — that's up to him. He pays the bills. He can do whatever he wants to do with his team. But from the conversations I've had with him, he likes Mark." USA Today Sports

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