Open Thread: The basketball world mourns the loss of Jerry West

Open Thread: The basketball world mourns the loss of Jerry West
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“The Logo” was more than a basketball icon

Yesterday, the basketball lost legend Jerry West, who passed away peacefully in his sleep.

The list of accolades accumulated by the man that everyone sees everywhere (he is silhouette that graces the NBA logo) goes on and on.

As player:

  • NBA champion (1972)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1969)
  • 14× NBA All-Star (1961–1974)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1972)
  • 10× All-NBA First Team (1962–1967, 1970–1973)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (1968, 1969)
  • 4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1970–1973)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1969)
  • NBA scoring champion (1970)
  • NBA assists leader (1972)
  • NBA anniversary team (35th, 50th, 75th)
  • No. 44 retired by Los Angeles Lakers
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1959)
  • 2× Consensus first-team All-America (1959, 1960)
  • Third-team All-America – AP, UPI (1958)
  • 2× SoCon Player of the Year (1959, 1960)
  • No. 44 retired by West Virginia Mountaineers
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2019)

As executive:

  • 8× NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2015, 2017)
  • 2× NBA Executive of the Year (1995, 2004)

It should be noted that West was NBA Finals MVP in 1969 when his Lakers actually lost. He is the only player in the history of the league to accomplish that.

West is one of seven players to lead the league in scoring as well as assists.

It took no time before the basketball world was sharing their respect and grief.

Rest In Power, Mr. West.


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