NBA Legend Passes Away At 86

Hello everyone, sad news has struck the basketball world. Jerry West, an NBA Hall-of-Famer and the man many believe is depicted in the NBA logo, passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 86.

Jerry West, known for his legendary career with the Los Angeles Lakers, left an indelible mark on the NBA. West played all 14 of his seasons with the Lakers, earning All-Star honors every single year. He made nine NBA Finals appearances, clinching one championship.

Remarkably, West became the third player in NBA history to score over 25,000 points. He also holds the unique distinction of being the only player to win a Finals MVP despite his team not winning the championship. His clutch performances in high-pressure moments earned him the nickname “Mr. Clutch.”

The NBA community is mourning West’s death. Commissioner Adam Silver released a heartfelt statement on Wednesday, which was reported by ESPN. Silver called West a “basketball genius” and highlighted his extraordinary contributions to the league over more than six decades. Silver remarked, “He distinguished himself not only as an NBA champion and an All-Star in all 14 of his playing seasons, but also as a consummate competitor who embraced the biggest moments.”

Silver also shared a personal note, expressing his gratitude for West’s friendship and the wisdom he imparted. He extended condolences on behalf of the NBA to West’s wife, Karen, his family, and his numerous friends within the basketball community.

Jerry West’s impact extended beyond his playing career. After retiring, he coached the Lakers from 1976 to 1979. As an NBA executive, he played a pivotal role in constructing the Lakers’ dominant teams of the 1980s, which won five championships with the likes of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. West’s front office acumen was also evident in the 2000s when he helped assemble the dynamic duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal and brought in head coach Phil Jackson.

Even after his tenure with the Lakers, West’s basketball expertise remained in high demand. He served as an advisor for the Los Angeles Clippers and held front office positions with the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors.

NBA legend Michael Jordan also shared his thoughts, calling West “like an older brother.” Jordan expressed his admiration for West’s basketball insights and their shared approach to the game, adding that he would be forever missed. He sent his condolences to West’s wife, Karen, and his sons.

West’s passing follows closely on the heels of another loss for the basketball community. Just two weeks prior, NBA Hall-of-Fame forward Bill Walton died at the age of 71. Walton’s career began with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1974, one season after West retired.

The basketball world has lost a true icon in Jerry West, but his legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations of players and fans alike. Until next time, folks, keep the spirit of the game alive.

Daily Wire