26 Facts About Jerry West

1. Jerry West would sit by himself and stare into space.

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2. Jerry West spoke with a high pitched voice that became even shriller when he became excited, so that Lakers captain Elgin Baylor dubbed West "Tweety Bird".

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3. Apart from being shy, Jerry West was always restless: Schaus described him as a "bundle of nerves", Celtics contemporary Bob Cousy as "always on the move", and fellow Laker and Mountaineer Rod Hundley testified that during bar visits, West would quickly squirm and demand to go elsewhere before everybody else had settled.

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4. In 1979, Jerry West was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Lakers retired his No 44 jersey in 1983.

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5. Jerry West led the Lakers in scoring in seven seasons, only Jordan had a higher career scoring average in the playoffs.

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6. Jerry West had a jump shot with a release the NBA lauded as "lightning quick", and was known for making baskets late in the game, earning him the nickname "Mr Clutch".

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7. On June 14, 2017, Jerry West announced that he would go to the Los Angeles Clippers as an executive board member.

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8. On May 19, 2011, Jerry West joined the Golden State Warriors as an executive board member, reporting directly to new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.

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9. At age 69, Jerry West retired as a Grizzlies general manager in 2007 and turned over managing duties to Chris Wallace, from Buckhannon, West Virginia.

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10. In 2002, Jerry West became general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies.

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11. Jerry West became known especially for hitting important late-game shots, and Lakers' announcer Chick Hearn named him "Mr Clutch" a handle which stuck with West for his entire career.

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12. Jerry West won Schaus's trust and, alternating with Hundley, Selvy, and Leonard, played 35 minutes per game and established himself as the Lakers' second scoring option.

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13. Jerry West became the first draft pick ever of the relocated franchise.

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14. Jerry West made himself available for the 1960 NBA draft, and he was drafted with the second overall pick by the Minneapolis Lakers, shortly before the team relocated to Los Angeles.

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15. Jerry West scored 19 points in the second-half, leading WVU to an upset victory.

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16. Jerry West demonstrated his tenacity for the game in a match against the Kentucky Wildcats.

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17. Jerry West eventually chose to stay in his home state and attend West Virginia University, located in Morgantown.

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18. Jerry West graduated from East Bank High School in 1956, and more than 60 universities showed interest in him.

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19. Jerry West eventually became the team's starting small forward, and he quickly established himself as one of the finest West Virginia high school players of his generation.

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20. Jerry West was the fifth of six children of Cecil Sue West, a housewife, and Howard Stewart West, a coal mine electrician.

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21. In 2002, Jerry West became general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and helped the franchise win their first-ever playoff berths.

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22. Jerry West led Los Angeles into the playoffs each year and earned a Western Conference Finals berth once.

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23. Jerry West was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.

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24. Jerry West was a member of the first five NBA All-Defensive Teams, which were introduced when he was 32 years old.

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25. Jerry West holds the NBA record for the highest points per game average in a playoff series with 46.3.

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26. Jerry West played the small forward position early in his career, and he was a standout at East Bank High School and at West Virginia University, where he led the Mountaineers to the 1959 NCAA championship game.

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