Jerry West

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Date of Birth May 28, 1938
Place of Birth Cheylan, West Virginia
Age 82 years old
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Jerry West

Jerome Alan West is an American basketball executive and former player. During his active career West played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. His nicknames included Mr. Clutch, for his ability to make a big play in a clutch situation, such as his famous buzzer-beating 60-foot shot that tied Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks; The Logo, in reference to his silhouette being incorporated into the NBA logo; Mr. Outside, in reference to his perimeter play with the Los Angeles Lakers; and Zeke from Cabin Creek, for the creek near his birthplace of Chelyan, West Virginia. West played the small forward position early in his career, and he was a standout at East Bank High School and at West Virginia University, where he led the Mountaineers to the 1959 NCAA championship game. He earned the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honor despite the loss.

Born: May 28, 1938, Chelyan, West Virginia
Nationality: American
Listed height: 6 ft 3 in
Listed weight: 175 lb
High school: East Bank, (East Bank, West Virginia)
College: West Virginia (1957–1960)
Position: Executive board member
League: NBA
NBA draft: 1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2, Minneapolis Lakers
Team: Los Angeles Clippers
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About Jerry West

NBA Hall of Fame guard known as "Mr. Clutch." He won an NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972 and was named NBA Finals MVP for the Lakers in 1969 despite the team losing to the Boston Celtics in seven games. His silhouette became the image for the NBA logo.

Before Fame

After leading East Bank High School to a West Virginia State Championship, the school changed its name to West Bank High School.

Achievement

He became general manager of the Lakers in 1982 and helped the franchise win six NBA Championships before he became GM of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002.

Family Life

He married Karen Bua on May 28, 1978 after divorcing his first wife and college sweetheart Martha Jane Kane in 1976. He and Martha had three sons together named David, Mark, and Michael. With Karen, he had two more sons named Ryan and Jonnie.

Associations

As general manager of the Lakers, he helped bring the great Kobe Bryant to Los Angeles.

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