Jerry West Rumors

Baxter Holmes: Jerry West said Kobe Bryant “was fixated on not having a career; he was fixated on having an incredible career.” But Bryant still had to learn to play team basketball. “I would go to practice and there are five guys out there…he’d be dribbling through all five of them, make a dunk or something, and look back and try to laugh at them, right?” West said Thursday. “And he’d start talking afterwards. ‘What do you think of that?’ And I said, ‘I thought that’s pretty good, but that’s not going to win in the NBA.'” West added, “They used to call him ‘Showboat.’ Used to call him ‘Showboat.’ And I told him, ‘That’s not a becoming name.’ I said, ‘You don’t want to be a showboat.’ When somebody looks at you, they want to see the greatness you can attain if you change some of the things you’re doing, and, boy, did he ever do that.”
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Jerry West: ”My admiration for him will be my lasting memories when I leave this Earth, but he’s just someone I’ve always loved. I’ve loved him like my son, to be honest with you. He was different, unique, spent a lot of time with him when he was young. For me now, at the end of two eras I guess, it’s almost sad, to be honest with you. But for him I just wish him all the success in the world going forward and I know he’ll find a way to be successful in something else.”
West on Kobe’s case to be crowned as the greatest Laker of all time: “I would never get into that, to be honest with you. There’s been so many unbelieveable players in Los Angeles, maybe the best of the best. And I just don’t think you can get into those areas, I don’t. Earvin Johnson, [Kareem] Abdul-Jabbar … what an incredible player he is and doesn’t get enough credit. Earvin … one of the most unique players I’ve ever seen in my life. Shaquille O’Neal, my goodness, I’m going to miss somebody.