Jerry West Rumors
Nevertheless, if we look at just top statistical postseason tandems for any two teammates and not just those who won championships, James and Davis still rank at No. 9 overall, behind two different versions of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor (from 1961-62 and 1960-61) and four duos that featured Wilt Chamberlain when he was at his absolute peak, plus the aforementioned Shaq and Kobe and Kareem and Magic partnerships. In fairness to the old-school duos, particularly to the ones led by Bill Russell and Chamberlain after him, the NBA didn’t start recording blocks or steals until 1973-74, so they could have ranked even higher if not for that.
“We played a lot more man, which I think we all agreed was a good call on Coach’s part,” said Butler, who joined LeBron James and Jerry West as the only players to score 40 points and post a triple-double in a Finals game. “We put bodies on bodies … we rebounded the basketball. We made a lot of things difficult for them, all hands on deck, getting into the paint and I think that it’s going to be even better whenever we get Bam (Adebayo) back.”
Justin Kubatko: LeBron James and Anthony Davis have each scored at least 25 points in the same game 10 times in the 2020 NBA playoffs. They are just the third duo to reach that mark in a single postseason, joining Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook (3x) and Elgin Baylor & Jerry West (1962).
Justin Kubatko: LeBron James will play in his 50th NBA Finals game tonight. Only six others have reached that mark: 70 – Bill Russell 64 – Sam Jones 56 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 55 – Jerry West 52 – Tom Heinsohn 50 – Magic Johnson James is the only player above to do so with three different teams.
Ballmer consulted with Frank, minority shareholder Dennis Wong and consultant Jerry West. Before a final decision was made, sources said Ballmer called several key players — including George and Leonard — to get their opinions. Nothing the players told him, sources said, changed Ballmer’s mind about moving on from Rivers. Ultimately, the decision to part ways with Rivers was Ballmer’s.