Jerry West Rumors
Draymond Green was arrested on Sunday, July 10. He will have a pre-trial conference on July 21, according to multiple reports. On Monday morning, Jerry West weighed in on Draymond’s situation. “Obviously it’s very disappointing,” West told KNBR 680. “He’s made a great name for himself right now. And he needs to understand he has a greater responsbility. Not only to — forget the team — he needs a responsibility to himself. He needs not to put himself into these situations.”
“If he’s not my favorite player, I don’t know who would be,” The Logo added. “But I just don’t like to see him put himself in these kind of situations. I don’t. And I’m hopeful that with all the things that have gone in his life, as popular as he is, that this will be another way for him to be able to go out and show what kind of a player he is. “And I think we all know that. But more importantly, to represent a different cause, and that’s the United States of America, which is a great thrill for our players to represent a country, and more importantly, to win a gold medal.”
Jerry West, Hall of Famer and Warriors executive board member: “This is an extremely difficult day for me. We have lost an incredible person and someone whom I admired as much as any player I ever went to battle against on any level. Nate Thurmond was, without a doubt, one of the fiercest competitors that I played against during my entire career. He played with unbelievable intensity and was simply a man among boys on most nights, especially on the defensive end. On the other hand, off the court, Nate was about as caring and loving as they come, extremely kind and gentle. He was the total package as an athlete and as a man and someone we should all aspire to emulate. I’ll miss him dearly.”
Paul Garcia PS: Here’s the full on-air quote from ESPN’s Tom Penn on his conversation with Jerry West. #Warriors. Full quote from ESPN analyst Tom Penn on conversation with Jerry West during the third quarter of the Spurs — Warriors Summer League broadcast: “I talked to Jerry West a little before the game and he said they’re not done. He said we’re going to get another pretty good player soon.”
Said another source, a call from Warriors exec Jerry West smoothed over any issues Durant may have had. “I think that was important,” he said. “I think Kevin was interested in Golden State big time as the playoffs went on, but if he had any doubts, I think hearing from someone of Jerry West’s stature was important. When Jerry talks, you listen. Some young guys may not get how big a deal Jerry West is, but Kevin is a bright guy and he’s into the history of the game. He knows what Jerry West is to basketball.
The Jerry West phone call really made a difference. “The Logo,” as the NBA legend/Warriors executive board member/part owner is informally known, had a phone conversation that lasted approximately 30 minutes with Durant on Saturday. The Warriors had asked Durant if he wanted to talk to West, and he obliged. And how’s this for unexpected? West never once told Durant that he should sign with the Warriors. Instead, in what was clearly a theme of Durant’s decision-making process, they discussed what was best for his growth and happiness as a player.