HoopsHype Jerry West rumors

May 31, 2014 Updates

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

May 15, 2014 Updates

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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Magic Johnson recently said the Lakers needed a face of the franchise, someone like Jerry West or Phil Jackson, to help sell the brand to free agents during dollar-driven summers. A volunteer stepped forward Wednesday: Johnson. He pledged to do whatever it took to turn the Lakers into a championship team, including recruiting of free agents. "I've done that in the past," Johnson told The Times. "I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week. First they have to make up their mind on who they want, and then they tell me, just like I recruited Ron Artest, I talked to Lamar Odom." Los Angeles Times

January 16, 2014 Updates

Johnson, whose Hall of Fame playing career included five NBA titles in 13 seasons with the Lakers, says owner Jim Buss needs to take a few pages from the book written by his father, Jerry Buss, who made the Lakers one of the most successful and entertaining franchises in professional sports. "This is what happens when you make the wrong decisions, two coaching wrong decisions, giving Steve Nash that deal, it's backfired," Johnson said during a meeting at The Times between Dodgers officials and Times writers and editors. Johnson is a part owner of the Dodgers. "The biggest problem they're going to have right now … you've got to get a guy like Jerry West to be the face of the team. ... You've got to have someone helping Jim. He's got to quit trying to prove a point to everybody that he can do it on his own, get his ego out of it, and just say, 'Let me get someone beside me to help achieve the goals I want.' " Los Angeles Times

Added Johnson: "Everybody's telling me free agents don't want to sign [with the Lakers]. ... They're looking at the Lakers now as a team that's dysfunctional; who's their leader, who's the guy?" The Lakers (14-25) are in one of the worst slumps in franchise history, losing 12 of their last 13 games. They fell to 14th place in the Western Conference with a 121-114 loss at Phoenix on Wednesday. "Dr. Buss was smart," Johnson said. "He said, 'I'm going to get the best dude, Jerry West, and he helped me achieve my goals. Then I went and got the best coach [Phil Jackson].' He wanted to work with the best." Los Angeles Times

January 7, 2014 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki's one-legged, step-back jumper has become one of the most recognizable shots of the NBA's modern era. Most believe that Jerry West's likeness has served as the inspiration for the NBA's logo since 1969. If the league were to ever consider freshening things up it would be difficult to find a more appropriate silhouette than Nowitzki's signature move. Nowitzki's combination of size, shooting touch and high release point has made his version one of the game's unique weapons. And now stars like Miami's LeBron James, Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City and Minnesota's Kevin Love are trying to incorporate the shot into their games. "It's an honor to know that some of these guys are trying to shoot it," Nowitzki said. "LeBron shot it the last couple weeks. Kevin Durant's been shooting it a little bit, and that makes me proud that I actually did something in this league that's worth somebody's while." Associated Press

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