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David West
David West
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Born: 08/29/80
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:239 lbs. / 108.4 kg.
Earnings: $93,047,916 ($107,756,729*)
The journey began there but traveled with him to Xavier and then on a 15-year jaunt in the NBA, with two All-Star appearances and two titles with the Golden State Warriors. All along, he was bringing his past with him. “Because of the NBA, I went on this self-education journey, I was reading books,” West said. “Everyone would ask, where did you get your history masters at? Where did you get your degree in history from? I felt confident in what I was learning through my own studies but going back to school is going to help validate everything I’ve learned.”
David West played power forward for the Warriors from 2016-18, winning two rings in the process. During an interview with The Ringer’s ‘Real Ones’ podcast, West detailed that there was a lot of ego in that Golden State locker room, especially after they acquired Kevin Durant. It was Steph Curry’s team before (and arguably while) Durant was a Warrior, but West said that the two-time MVP point guard had to make a lot of sacrifices to accommodate the new talent. “So Steph was the one making the most sacrifices and I’m like, ‘Yo, the [expletive] you doing? You gotta do what you know, man.’ I would say that to him some nights and he’d look at me [funny]. Because I don’t think anybody would tell him, like, ‘Yo, you trippin’. You can’t pass that one, dog,’” West said.
Perhaps it was Curry’s sacrifices that enabled that Warriors team to be so successful after KD’s arrival. After all, it was Durant who won the Finals MVP in both of Golden State’s championships in 2017 and 2018. “It’s hard when you’re dealing with those super-talented guys. Ego is a part of this thing,” West continued. “Ego is a big deal, but it’s everybody. You’ve got literally five Hall of Fame guys on the same damn team.”
David West: “I thought about this the other day. When [Andrea] Bargnani and [Chris] Bosh were in Toronto, the reason why that sh** didn’t work is ’cause the NBA let us beat them up! We beat up Bargnani, they let us body Bosh. Like, Bosh and Bargnani right now, they would blow this NBA out of the water. They were damn near impossible to guard. I’m serious. The only reason Bargnani didn’t have a (successful) career was ’cause the referees let people like me beat him up!” “In today’s game, he would be killin’ because he would be protected. Ryan, you know, you remember — he would try that sweep at the three-point line; they wasn’t giving him that sh**, that rip-through. We could grab both arms.”
Etan Thomas: “What happened with Roy Hibbert? He was doing well and then it just went south.” David West: “It was a mental thing. It was all mental. Roy played basketball a lot of years because he was big. He was made to play, and then he developed a love for the game much later — and actually, it wasn’t until he was in the NBA that he really got a love for the game. In Indy, we had it situated perfectly. And for him, Frank [Vogel] is the most positive [person]; he’s gonna coach you up regardless of what you’re doing. He’s gonna coach you up, and that’s what Roy needed. He had Roy playing the best basketball of his career, and that was all Frank. Because there were games where big fella was out of it; his timing was off and he got into a couple bad funks, but Frank was able to keep him steady.
Alex Kennedy: Who are some other players who could’ve done so much more if it wasn’t for injuries? For example, Brandon Roy comes to mind immediately. David West: “Greg Oden. The one year that dude was healthy, we played them like three times in the first month-and-a-half of the season or something. I remember bumping up against him and being like, ‘Yo, this dude is going to be a beast.’ We couldn’t do anything with him — me and Tyson [Chandler] together — he was just dunking everything around the basket. He was 285-to-290 [pounds], but not like a bulky fat. If Greg Oden had stayed around, I don’t think small-ball evolves. If he’s healthy, I don’t think small-ball evolves the way it did. No way.”