Hall of Famer Jerry West told those in attendance at Sunday’s Legends Brunch in Los Angeles that the NBA is poised for tremendous growth: “When I came to the city of Los Angeles, we were nobody. Last page of two newspapers. Had no writers, no coverage at all. And to see the way this game has changed and grown, and to see the strides that have been made for people who truly were able to contribute a different way is truly remarkable. “I want to say this. I don’t like to say things that are controversial at all. But this game is gonna overtake all the other sports.”
The NBA champion Golden State Warriors are losing one of their top executives. Chief Marketing Officer Chip Bowers is joining baseball’s Miami Marlins as president of business operations, reporting to part-owner and Chief Executive Officer Derek Jeter, according to people familiar with the personnel move. The people requested anonymity because the move hasn’t been announced. It is Jeter’s second executive hire since taking the reins in September. Earlier this year he also added David Oxfeld from Jeter’s longtime agency, Excel Sports Management, where he worked on client sales and business development.