Jerry West: NBA Logo and Franchise Savior

Jerry West is more than just a logo

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, but he is also widely credited for the Lakers dynasties of the 80’s and 2000’s. It’s hard to find another name that has had a championship-touch as close to the level as a player/executive Jerry West.

Warrior-Like Mentality

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.

Superstars on the Horizon

League superstars like Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant could possibly be relocating this summer. Leonard has even been linked to rumors revolving around a possible offseason move from the Raptors to the Clippers. A move that would be the biggest free agent acquisition in franchise history.

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.

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. Harris, was shipped to Philly for young talent as well as a couple of future draft picks.

From the Showtime Lakers of the 80s, to the early 2000’s , West has made his mark on the league. He even helped create the somewhat villainous Golden State Warriors who are on the verge of winning five NBA Titles in six years. Don’t be surprised if the Los Angeles Clippers become another championship dynasty all under the guise of the NBA legend, Jerry “The Logo” West.

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