HoopsHype Jerry West rumors

January 25, 2015 Updates

Jerry West knows the feeling Klay Thompson was feeling Friday night. He has often reflected about a game in which he made 16 of 17 shots and also made all 12 of his free throws. But the 76-year-old Warriors executive assistant was quick to say that Thompson's 52-point outing against Sacramento, particularly his 37-point quarter in which he made all 13 of his shots and was 9 for 9 from beyond the 3-point arc, was a feat so unprecedented and exciting that it kept him up all night. "I flew back (to his home in Los Angeles) after the game, and honestly, I couldn't go to sleep," West said Saturday. "I was replaying in my own mind what I had just witnessed. It was incredible to watch. It's something no one's watched, to be honest with you. The people that were fortunate to be there saw something that's probably not going to happen for a long, long time if it ever happens again." Contra Costa Times

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"I just think it's gaining confidence," said Jerry West, in the pro-Thompson camp since before the Draft as a Warriors minority owner and advisor in basketball operations. "He still has a long way to go and he's got room for improvement. He's starting to get the ball to the basket, get to the free-throw line a lot better than he did before. Now he has to figure out a way how to finish it around the basket. That comes with experience, it comes with playing against different types of players." NBA.com

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Roland Lazenby: As Jerry West told me, the Lakers are a franchise to print money. Right now Jim Buss is just printing 20s. Imagine if he had a team. Twitter @lazenby

October 2, 2014 Updates

Jerry West on Shaun Livingston: “Honestly, I think we got one of the best offseason acquisitions there was in Shaun Livingston. He’s a terrific player. He’s going to play all over the place, he can defend, he has an incredible mind to play the game. He’s still young. People say he doesn’t shoot the ball well, but he shot better than 80 percent from the free-throw line. … They started winning in Brooklyn when they started playing him last year. We really think he’s going to be a tremendous addition for us. … I saw USA Today said we have the best backcourt, and I truly believe that. I think we’ve really enhanced it by bringing (Livingston) on board. … I’ve had two or three people call me personally and say they wanted him. … He’s our best playmaker. When you watch him, he’s pretty to watch. He’s such a great ball-handler, with his size, he will help everyone.” San Francisco Chronicle

On West’s contract extension: “I’m flattered that our management thinks I can contribute something. I love basketball, and I’m still really competitive – even though I’m older. I would never do something like this unless I still felt the same passion. Working with the younger staff here, sometimes they get a little nervous about doing things, but I encourage them to be aggressive. I’ve always felt that the best risk-takers to do the best. We’ve got a terrific young staff here, and the future is really bright here. This team should be improved.” San Francisco Chronicle

September 11, 2014 Updates

Warriors executive board member Jerry West has agreed to a two-year extension with the team through the 2016-2017 season, an NBA source confirmed to this newspaper on Wednesday. West had one year remaining on his original deal with the team and this new deal will be tacked on, for a total of a three-year commitment from this point. San Jose Mercury-News

September 10, 2014 Updates

Warriors executive board member Jerry West has agreed to a two-year extension with the team through the 2016-2017 season, an NBA source confirmed to this newspaper on Wednesday. West had one year remaining on his original deal with the team and this new deal will be tacked on, for a total of a three-year commitment from this point. This move, coupled with the new deal for general manager Bob Myers through the 2017-20178 season, puts a bow on co-owner Joe Lacob’s desire to keep his front office together for the long-term as the team gets set to move into a San Francisco arena by 2018. San Jose Mercury-News

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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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