Inspiring quotes by Jerry West

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Jerry West

  • For some reason, I always wanted to work in an environment where things weren’t so good. I’m no messiah, but I always wanted to try and make a difference where a team hadn’t prospered.
  • Many people, men in particular, just can’t not be active. I guess our minds demand that we seek other challenges.
  • I think, at the end of the day, when you hear the same voice all the time, it goes in one ear and out the other when you’re a player.
  • You have to win games by scoring points, of course, so that’s important. But when you’re having nights against a good defensive team, you have to win in a different manner. You have to win a defensive-type game.
  • Obviously, stats are important tools, but I think there’s something behind those things; somewhere along the way, you’ve got to try to look inside someone.
  • There’s always two or three players I like, and why I like them, I can’t tell you. There’s just something about them I think would be great on a team.
  • When the Warriors are on, my wife keeps away from me. I’m a rabid fan, and my language sometimes is not too good.
  • I went a few times, but I felt there was no way that any therapist could understand my particular torment and also felt in some respects they were sicker than I was.
  • I’ve been so low sometimes and when everyone else would be so high because I didn’t like myself.
  • Some guys lay their fannies out there every night – they play the game at such a high level, and they give so much that, frankly, they don’t get credit for it. And I think it’s tragic sometimes.
Jerry West

Jerry West, born on May 28, 1938, is a former professional basketball player, coach, and executive. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest shooting guards in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and has made significant contributions to the sport both on and off the court.

Jerry West spent his entire 14-year playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960 to 1974. During his time with the Lakers, he was known for his exceptional shooting skills, tenacity, and clutch performances. West played a crucial role in leading the Lakers to the NBA Finals nine times, winning the championship in 1972. Despite being on the losing side in the Finals eight times, his incredible individual performances earned him the nickname “Mr. Clutch.”

After retiring as a player, West transitioned into coaching and later became a successful executive. He served as the head coach of the Lakers from 1976 to 1979, leading the team to the playoffs in each of his three seasons.

However, it was in his executive role that Jerry West truly left an indelible mark on the NBA. He joined the Lakers’ front office in 1982 and played a pivotal role in building the “Showtime” Lakers of the 1980s. Under his guidance as General Manager, the Lakers won six NBA championships in the 1980s (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, and 2000) and became one of the most dominant teams in NBA history.

After leaving the Lakers, West served as the General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002 to 2007, where he played a significant role in transforming the struggling franchise into a playoff contender.

Jerry West’s contributions to the game have been recognized with numerous accolades. He was a 14-time NBA All-Star, won the NBA Finals MVP in 1969, and was named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times. In 1972, he won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the United States basketball team.

Known for his iconic silhouette, which serves as the NBA logo, Jerry West has become an enduring symbol of excellence and competitiveness in basketball. His impact on the sport, both as a player and an executive, has cemented his status as a basketball legend.

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