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Legendary Basketball Figure Jerry West Passes Away at 85

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Los Angeles, CA Jerry West, an iconic figure in the basketball world, passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 85, the Los Angeles Clippers announced. West’s storied career, which spanned several decades, saw him excel as a player, executive, and contributor to the sport. His silhouette is famously regarded as the inspiration for the NBA logo, symbolizing his profound impact on the game.

A Celebrated Career and Hall of Fame Inductions

West, affectionately known as “Mr. Clutch” for his remarkable late-game performances, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame three times. He first entered as a player in 1980, then as a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team in 2010, and was set to be enshrined later this year as a contributor to the sport.

A Legacy of Excellence

Throughout his illustrious career, West earned numerous accolades, including:

  • 14-time NBA All-Star
  • 12-time All-NBA selection
  • NBA Finals MVP in 1969, despite his team not winning the championship
  • Member of the 1972 Los Angeles Lakers championship team
  • Selected for the NBA’s 75th anniversary team

Champion on and off the Court

West’s influence extended beyond his playing days. As a general manager, he was instrumental in the success of eight NBA championship teams with the Los Angeles Lakers, contributing to the creation of the renowned “Showtime” dynasty. His executive prowess also benefited the Memphis Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors, and most recently, the Los Angeles Clippers.

A Farewell to a Friend

In their announcement, the Clippers hailed West as “the personification of basketball excellence and a friend to all who knew him.” His wife, Karen, was by his side at the time of his passing.

Jerry West leaves behind an unparalleled legacy in the world of basketball, remembered for his contributions as a player, leader, and visionary in the sport. His impact on the game will continue to be felt for generations to come.

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