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Jerry West


NBA Hall of Popularity guard referred to as “Mr. Clutch.” He gained an NBA Tournament with the LA Lakers in 1972 and was called NBA Finals MVP for the Lakers in 1969 regardless of the group losing towards the Boston Celtics in seven video games. His silhouette became the picture for the NBA logo design. After leading East Loan company SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL to a Western world Virginia State Tournament, the school transformed its name to Western world Bank SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. He became general supervisor from the Lakers in 1982 and helped the franchise earn six NBA Championships before he became GM from the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002. He wedded Karen Bua on, may 28, 1978 after divorcing his first wife and university sweetheart Martha Jane Kane in 1976. He and Martha acquired three sons jointly named David, Tag, and Michael. With Karen, he previously two even more sons called Ryan and Jonnie. As general supervisor from the Lakers, he helped provide the fantastic Kobe Bryant to LA.

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Full Name Jerry West
Date Of Birth May 28, 1938
Place Of Birth Cheylan, WV
Height 1.88 m
Weight 79 kg
Profession Basketball Player
Nationality American
Spouse Karen West, Martha Jane Kane
Children Jonnie West, Ryan West, Michael West, Mark West, David West
Parents Cecil Sue West, Howard Stewart West
Siblings Charles West, Barbara West, David West, Patricia Noel, Hannah Bowman
Awards Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, All-NBA Team, NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, NBA All-Defensive Team, NBA Executive of the Year Award
Movies Touched by Gold: '72 Lakers
Star Sign Gemini

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1President of Basketball Operations, Memphis Grizzlies (2002 - present; announced on April 30, 2002) [April 2002]
2Coached by Fred Schaus at West Virginia University, then with the Los Angeles Lakers.
3Played for the gold medal U.S. Olympic Team in 1960.
4Member of the NBA 35th Anniversary Team (1980) and 50th Anniversary Team (1996).
5Holds single-season record for most free throws made-840 (1966). Holds single-series playoff record for highest points-per-game average-46.3 against Baltimore (1965). Holds record for highest point average in playoffs for one season-40.6 in 11 games (1965).
6He hated his original nickname "Zeke from Cabin Creek."
7Fourteen-time NBA All-Star (1961-1974). NBA All-Star MVP (1972). NBA Finals MVP (1969).
8Compiled a 145-101 (.589) record during his three seasons as coach.
9All-Southern Conference (1958-1960). The Sporting News All-America First Team (1959-1960). All-American Second Team (1958). Team MVP (1959-1960). NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player Award (1959).
10All-NBA First Team 10 times (1962-1967, 1970-1973). All-NBA Second Team twice (1968-1969). NBA All-Defensive First Team four times (1970-1973). NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1969).
11A terrific shooter, he made a 60-foot shot as time expired to send game 3 of 1970 NBA Finals vs. Knicks into overtime.
12Played high school basketball for the East Bank High School Pioneers (in East Bank, WV)
13Guided West Virginia University to the 1959 NCAA national championship game, where WVU lost to the UC (University of California) Golden Bears by one point
14NBA Executive of the Year (1994-1995)
15Head coach, Los Angeles Lakers (1976-1977 to 1978-1979)
16Guided the Lakers from a managerial/consultant position to NBA championships in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001 and 2002
17General Manager, Lakers (1982-1983 through 1993-1994)
18Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations, Lakers, (1994-1995 to 2000)
19Consultant, Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1980 through 1981-1982)
20The NBA logo is based on a silhouette image of Jerry West.
21Professional basketball player.
22Played for the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Los Angeles Lakers, 1960-1961 thru 1973-1974.
23Enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 along with Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson.



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30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
Rome Is Burning2006-2010TV SeriesHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2004-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2005TV SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury1999-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Bill Russell: My Life, My Way2000TV Movie documentaryHimself - Los Angeles Lakers 1960-1974
Arli$$1997TV SeriesHimself
Greatest Sports Legends1976TV SeriesHimself
Cavalcade of Champions1973TV MovieHimself
1973 NBA All-Star Game1973TV SpecialHimself
1972 NBA All-Star Game1972TV SpecialHimself
1971 NBA All-Star Game1971TV SpecialHimself
The 1970 NBA Finals1970TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Lakers Guard / Forward
1970 NBA All-Star Game1970TV SpecialHimself
1968 NBA All-Star Game1968TV SpecialHimself

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Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
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The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2005TV SeriesHimself
:03 from Gold2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
NBA Awesome Endings1989Video documentaryHimself

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