Basketball Legend Dead (Video)

( – Jerry West, an iconic figure in the annals of basketball, who transcended his status as a mere Hall of Fame player to become the very symbol of the NBA, inspiring the league’s logo with his silhouette, has passed away.

See a video paying tribute to Jerry West in the tweet below!

Throughout his illustrious career, West dedicated his talents exclusively to the Los Angeles Lakers.

During his tenure, he secured a championship in 1972, captured the NBA Finals MVP award in 1969 despite his team not clinching the title, and earned a place as a 14-time All-Star.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Clippers revealed the passing of West, who had evolved into a storied executive in the realm of sports management following his retirement from professional play.

He was 86 years old at the time of his death.

“Jerry West, the personification of basketball excellence and a friend to all who knew him, passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 86. His wife, Karen, was by his side,” the team’s statement.

West concluded his athletic career with an impressive statistical average of 27 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.8 rebounds per game—a record surpassed only by legends Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Elgin Baylor.

Notably, West’s playoff performance averaged at 29.1 points per game, a figure only bested by Jordan.

After retiring in the 1973-74 season, West assumed the role of head coach for the Lakers two years later, achieving a record of 145-101. Despite his efforts, a championship as a coach eluded him.

In 1979, he transitioned into a scouting role, eventually ascending to the position of general manager for the Lakers at the onset of the 1982-83 season.

During his tenure, he orchestrated the assembly of the Lakers’ renowned Showtime era, featuring stars such as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy under the guidance of coach Pat Riley.

West’s strategic acumen continued to shine as he engineered pivotal moves including a draft day trade with the Charlotte Hornets to secure Kobe Bryant and the acquisition of Shaquille O’Neal from the Orlando Magic in 1996, both of which propelled the Lakers to three championship titles.

West ventured to revitalize the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002 to 2007, during which Pau Gasol rose as the team’s standout player. Following West’s departure, Gasol joined the Lakers and significantly contributed to their subsequent championship victories alongside Bryant.

In 2019, then-President Trump honored West with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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