NBA legend Jerry West, icon behind the league’s logo, passes away at 86

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Jerry West

12th June 2024 – (Los Angeles) Jerry West, the revered NBA legend and the face behind the league’s iconic logo, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86. Renowned for his outstanding contributions as a player, coach, and executive, West had a lasting impact on the sport of basketball.

In a statement, the Los Angeles Clippers, for whom West had been working most recently, conveyed the news of his peaceful passing. The statement mentioned, “Jerry West, an epitome of basketball excellence and a cherished friend to all who knew him, passed away this morning at the age of 86. His loving wife, Karen, was by his side.”

West’s journey to greatness began during his college years at the University of West Virginia, where he excelled as an all-American player. He then embarked on a remarkable 14-season career with the Los Angeles Lakers, etching his name into the annals of NBA history.

Even in an era with a shorter playoff schedule, West’s impact remains prominent in the NBA postseason record books. He holds impressive rankings, such as ninth in points scored with 4,457, ninth in made baskets with 1,622, and seventh in successful free throws with 1,213.

In regular season play, West’s accomplishments were equally remarkable, as he made 7,160 free throws, securing the ninth spot in NBA history.

Furthermore, West’s leadership guided the Lakers to nine appearances in the NBA finals, culminating in a championship victory in 1972. Following his playing career, he transitioned to the Lakers’ front office, where he served as a highly influential general manager, contributing to the formation of the legendary “Showtime” teams that claimed multiple NBA titles.

Apart from his basketball achievements, West courageously opened up about his lifelong battle with depression, becoming an advocate for mental health awareness. His willingness to share his personal struggles shed light on the importance of addressing mental well-being.