Jerry West is an NBA legend. For argument’s sake, he is literally apart of the NBA logo.
West has not only been an NBA champion as a player
West has taken his keen eye for basketball talent across the state of California. When Kevin Durant decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors, it was West pulling the strings
Chris Broussard reported that West had been vital in Durant joining the Warriors. A move that would bring him and the team multiple NBA championships.
Heading Back to L.A.
In 2017, Jerry West decided to take his talents to Los Angeles. No, not to the Lakers where he played, coached, and brought about a 3-peat with Kobe and Shaq. Instead, the 80-year-old came to an agreement with the Los Angeles Clippers. West became the team’s new executive board member—the same position he held at Golden State.
As a consultant and one of the premiere basketball minds as an advisor, West, along with Clippers’ President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank, are setting up the Clippers for long-term success. In fact, the Clippers are preparing for what may be a plentiful offseason.
"It is the CLIPPERS, not the Lakers, that have set themselves up to be the Hollywood story in the NBA this July."@AdamSchein thinks L.A.'s 'other team' is in better position for free agency. #T2S pic.twitter.com/louy0L8Jm8— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) February 8, 2019
Superstars on the Horizon
League superstars like Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving
If the Clippers can indeed take advantage of the bountiful 2019 free agency class, to pair with the young core it will be yet another successful NBA makeover for Jerry West.
Doc Rivers has shown an innate ability to get the absolute best out his players. Doc did it in Boston in 2008, where he coached Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. A team that went on to win the Celtics’ first championship season since 1986.
Rivers is currently coaching a Clippers team, one without a true superstar but with an unbelievable amount of grit, tenacity, and determination. This, along with a sizeable amount of cap space, is why many around the league feel that the Clippers could very well strike gold. Gold that can come in the form of two max free agents during the summer of 2019.
LA → Philly— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 6, 2019
A look at Tobias Harris' best moments as a member of the Clippers. 🏀 pic.twitter.com/b3goY7Ra6m
The Clippers were actually a budding playoff contender this season. That was before the front office traded away their best offensive weapon in Tobias Harris.
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