Jerry West Rumors

Jerry West: “I think in Los Angeles, they have so many Laker fans. My goodness. The enormous success that the Lakers have had over the years, they are a really good team now, two of the best players we’ve seen in a long time on one team. I think it would be incredible for the people in the west. I’m not sure how that would go over for the teams back east who want to see their respective teams get an opportunity to play.”
Mickelson has intimated that the NBA might be the next sport to showcase, specifically Michael Jordan and Steph Curry. Hopefully, this or something like it can happen sooner rather than later. As pro basketball tries to get back online in a Walt Disney bubble, the league’s golf obsession could yield some great, relatively safe entertainment. (Note: There are multiple golf courses at Walt Disney World.) The talent is certainly there. While athletes across all sports seem drawn to the links, the NBA might be particularly obsessed. There’s something about the maddening coordination game that’s had basketball players completely hooked, retired and active alike. It’s been happening at least since the days of Jerry West setting course records in Los Angeles.
However, one former player who had his fair share of success during his career, believes that the conversation being limited to only LeBron and Jordan is a mistake. Clyde “The Glide” Drexler was a household name during his storied career with the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets, and he thinks other players deserve to be in the “GOAT” conversation. “I really have a problem with that. Because out of all the guys that played the game, you’re only having a conversation with these two guys as the GOAT,” Drexler said in an interview on The A-Team, a Houston-area sports podcast. “When you got Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the greatest players who ever lived, I think you should start with those two. You got guys like Larry Bird, Dr. J, George Gervin, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West all of those guys are in the conversation. I love both Michael and LeBron but let’s not take something away from the other guys who played.”
Storyline: GOAT Debate
However, one former player who had his fair share of success during his career, believes that the conversation being limited to only LeBron and Jordan is a mistake. Clyde “The Glide” Drexler was a household name during his storied career with the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets, and he thinks other players deserve to be in the “GOAT” conversation. “I really have a problem with that. Because out of all the guys that played the game, you’re only having a conversation with these two guys as the GOAT,” Drexler said in an interview on The A-Team, a Houston-area sports podcast. “When you got Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the greatest players who ever lived, I think you should start with those two. You got guys like Larry Bird, Dr. J, George Gervin, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West all of those guys are in the conversation. I love both Michael and LeBron but let’s not take something away from the other guys who played.”
Storyline: GOAT Debate
Only a few people had a sense of just how close Jordan and Bryant had become. “If you just watched them interact in a game, Kobe always was like a magnet going toward Michael,” said former Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West. “Usually Michael didn’t really interact with a lot of players when he was on the court. He’d just play. But for some reason, he had this affinity for him.” West was close enough to both men to know that Bryant would text and call Jordan at all hours of the night. He knew they met for lunches and dinners — but not golf, because hell no, Bryant didn’t golf — when Jordan was in Los Angeles.
Jerry West, who currently works as a consultant for the Los Angeles Clippers, expressed his disappointment with the season’s suspension potentially uprooting a historic playoff matchup between his team and its fellow Staples Center tenants, the Lakers. “We were ascending OK, and now when are we going to get back? When are we going to get back? No one knows,” West recently told Ernie Johnson on NBA TV. “And the Lakers across town – this would have been an incredible thing for basketball if someway, somehow, these two teams could have played in a Western Conference final.”
NBA Hall of Famer and current Clippers advisor, Jerry West, accepted the award on their behalf and made sure to thank the team’s newest superstars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George before exiting the stage. “Those guys make our job easier,” said West of Leonard and Paul. “We’ve got a team that’s very representative of one of the best teams in the NBA, and we’re very hopeful that it will be a great end to our season this year.”
Magic Johnson on Jerry Buss: The first time I met Dr. Buss was my second time coming to Los Angeles after I was drafted in 1979, because the first time, Jack Kent Cooke and Jerry West and Chick Hearn were the guys I met. When the deal was complete that Dr. Buss bought the Lakers, we had lunch, and we hung out for the whole weekend. We talked about his vision, and all types of things. He was a first-time owner. I was a rookie. We really hit it off. It was really tremendous. He took me to (some parties), and different places, introducing me to people, and it was a great time. Then I went back home, and the next time I saw him was training camp. Every day, we’d just hang out together between practice sessions. We’d usually eat, hang out by the pool and talk after the morning session, and then after the evening session, a lot of times we’d go to dinner together. We just clicked. There was something about both of us. It wasn’t owner-player, it was two guys hanging out. I think he knew, with me being 20 and alone all the way from Michigan, he became a father figure to me.
Justin Kubatko: Teammates with a 30-point, 15-rebound game and a 45-point, 10-assist game in the same game: ✅ Elgin Baylor & Jerry West ✅ Jerry Lucas & Oscar Robertson ✅ Kevin McHale & Larry Bird ✅ Tim Duncan & Tony Parker ✅ John Collins & Trae Young (last night)
So how can the Knicks break out of this terrible stretch and get back to respectability? Shaquille O’Neal laid it out on TNT Tuesday night. “When Mr. Dolan was walking out of the arena the other day, the whole crowd was yelling ‘Sell the team.’ So whoever he hires, I just hope he doesn’t micromanage,” Shaq said. “You need to let a guy be able to do his thing. When I was playing in Miami, Pat Riley ran the show. Micky Arison owns it, but Pat Riley ran the show. When I was with the Lakers, Jerry West ran the show. So whoever they hire, I just hope Mr. Dolan just stays out the way.”

Jerry West told Kobe Bryant not to join the Clippers

Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West revealed Tuesday that he advised Kobe Bryant against signing with the Clippers, telling him “you can’t play for” former owner Donald Sterling. “I remember when he was going to leave the Lakers, and I’ve never really mentioned this to anyone, he was going to come and sign with the Clippers, who I’m now involved with as a consultant. And I told him, ‘Kobe, under no circumstances can you do this,'” West said on Inside the NBA. “And he was mad at everyone, the Lakers, the owner, everyone else. I said ‘Kobe you can’t go play with the Clippers. You can’t play for that owner, period.’ We had two conversations about it.”
“It’s like losing my son,” West said with a strain in his voice. “I think about his family. I think about his daughter who was lost, and to watch him with his daughters and his family, to watch the time and effort he put into his (Mamba Sports) academy (in Southern California), was something that most athletes never consider. And to see his career change the way it did (including Bryant winning an Oscar for his animated short, “Dear Basketball” in March 2018), it’s just amazing. He was going to make a legendary career outside of basketball, and it was taken away so quickly. … It’s just indescribable to me.”
Fans will be able to bid on the plaques of Magic Johnson, Julius “Dr. J” Erving and ‘His Airness’ himself, Michael Jordan. Auction winners will get the 25-by-28-inch black-and-white portrait that was previously found on the Hall’s domed ceiling for every person inducted. Other portraits that can be bid on include Rick Barry, Bob Cousy, Patrick Ewing, Pete Maravich, Isiah Thomas, Shaquille O’Neal and Jerry West.
Before the next game, Riley was summoned, along with Lakers owner Jerry Buss and then-GM Jerry West, for a pregame meeting with then-Commissioner Larry O’Brien – and Stern, then the league’s executive vice president. The VP did all the talking. “He said, ‘You are not bigger than the game,’” Riley said. “He said, ‘You do that again, and I’m going to send you someplace you don’t want to go… with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, and Jamaal Wilkes and Norm Nixon, and Michael Cooper, you don’t need the help of the officials – if you can coach at all. So I’m thinking you can’t coach, and you do need the help of the officials.’”
For very good reason, Michelle Wie is probably going to need to take some more time off from golf next year. One of the brightest stars in women’s golf has announced she is pregnant with a baby girl, due this summer. The father is Wie’s husband, Golden State Warriors director of basketball operations Jonnie West, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West. The two married in August 2019.
Jerry West watches games as a consultant for the Clippers, and he sees stuff he doesn’t like. The analytics don’t always add up. It’s not necessarily all the 3’s. It’s when the wrong people are shooting them. “It’s a beautiful game when it’s played right,” he says, “and it’s ugly when it’s not.” Does Luka Doncic play it right? “My goodness, yes,” West says, laughing. “Everyone wishes they had a 20-year-old who plays like him, and he hasn’t even scratched the surface. It’s fun to watch genius.”
He’s so good, he should have been the first pick of the draft, West says. A lot of people shook their heads over that. They knew Luka was good. But this good? No one saw this coming. West sees it now, and that’s not all he sees. “Look at Dallas,” he says. “One player has transformed them into a playoff team. He will be the best player Dallas has ever had. I have great respect for Nowitzki, but Dirk is not him.”
So Jerry, how did this hit you? And how do you think you’ll look back on the part he played in building the NBA? Jerry West: He led this league through some turbulent times, and had a great idea about how the league should be in terms of players’ responsibilities to the public — his ability to work with the players (and) The Players Association was pretty remarkable when the league was not (succeeding). He had an incredible 30-year career in the NBA. I had a great relationship with him. We didn’t always agree on things. … I would call him from time to time and (share) things I saw that maybe needed to be addressed. And he was very courteous about listening to them, even if he may not believe what you were saying. But he was a great leader for a lot of years. And some of the things that you see in the NBA today, obviously, is part of his thought process, and the ability to get owners to acquiesce to what he thought was important for the growth of this league.
I’ll leave you with this, Jerry. If you had one word to describe his impact on the league, what would it be? Jerry West: Well, there’s probably — leadership, in a time of need. His unique leadership in a time of need, when this league was really undergoing a lot of stuff that wasn’t always privy to the newspaper. The drugs, the declining attendance, every bit of turmoil that this league has had was under his leadership, every bit of it. And he handled that so beautifully, I can’t tell you. He was strong-willed, and his leadership through those times got this league back up and running at the highest level that we had ever seen it.
Storyline: David Stern Death
It’s important to Payton that Russell and all the members of his generation get their due. “I always tell kids, and people in this generation, I don’t care what you think about your game, you’re game ain’t like that. Your game ain’t start like that. People came before that paved the way for what you’re doing. Get up. If you see Dr. J, if you see Bill Russell … all these dudes, man, if you see these types of guys, man, Jerry West, man, get up and shake their hand and tell them, ‘Hello. How’re you doin’? I’ve idolized you.’ And even if you don’t, go YouTube ’em.”
The series stars Jason Clarke as Laker legend Jerry West, the team’s general manager for much of the ’80s; John C. Reilly as team owner Jerry Buss; newcomer Quincy Isaiah as Earvin “Magic” Johnson; and former UC-Berkeley basketball player and Harlem Globetrotter Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Jerry West: So at the end of the day, we gave up three of our draft picks and a terrific young player in Shai, who I think we all feel horrible about. And Gallo (Gallinari), who is a very good player himself. Those are the difficult things, letting players go who you really like. I think Shai is going to be an All-Star player in this league for a long time, and he’ll keep getting better. But we have two finished products right in the prime of their careers (in Leonard and George) – or just getting in the prime of their careers. Two of them who have the same DNA – great offensive players, but more importantly really great defensive players. And I’m not talking about good defensive players, I’m talking about great defensive players. Those players decide games on both ends of the floor.
What is this LA scene like for you to see? You’re always going to be a founding father of hoops out here, and we’ve never seen a landscape where the Clippers and Lakers were both this good at the same time. With you and your history here, what is it like now that it’s real? Jerry West: I think LeBron James said it best: It’s the best for basketball fans in Southern California right now. …I’m sure Christmas Day (between the Lakers and Clippers) is going to be a huge day for basketball watching in Southern California, and we should – barring any injuries – we should be at full health and hopefully they’ll be at full health. But it’s a great time to be a basketball fan in Los Angeles, because who are you going to root for?
Jerry West: You’re playing on the same court, with better shoes. It might have been even easier (back) then if we would’ve had all those things. But as I say, the pressure and strain that you put on your body – some bodies react differently. And we’re talking about these 6-(foot)-10 guys who weigh 250, 260 pounds… You think about the enormous amount of torque you put on your body when you’re that big. I marvel at LeBron James. My gosh, you just watch him out there and how he gets around the court and, more importantly, all the time that he puts in conditioning and I marvel that, at this age, he’s still able to perform. It’s amazing. He pays attention, and he’s dedicated. That’s why he’s lasted so long, and I think, more importantly, why he’s still one of the great players that the game has ever seen.
Dunleavy is now an assistant general manager toward the top of a Warriors front office that lost Jerry West and Travis Schlenk, two forceful voices, the last three years. West is now an executive board member with the Clippers and Schlenk is the GM of the Atlanta Hawks. Dunleavy moves to the Bay Area in a few weeks, a ghost of Warriors’ past stepping into an increased role reshaping the franchise’s future.
Storyline: Warriors Front Office