Former Lakers GM Jerry West leaving Warriors to join Clippers
By Bill Oram
Just like Jerry West always hoped, his career has led him back to Los Angeles. It will just be with the Clippers, not the Lakers.
West, 79, will join the Clippers in an advisory role similar to the one he has held with the Golden State Warriors since 2011. The Warriors won their second championship in three years on Tuesday and will celebrate with their parade through downtown Oakland on Thursday.
An announcement of West’s new role is expected before the NBA Draft on June 22.
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West told ESPN late Wednesday that he is “very intrigued” and that owner Steve Ballmer “is a winner and he wants to win.”
The Clippers will become the fourth team with which West has been affiliated since the Lakers drafted him out of West Virginia University in 1960.
“I don’t feel old,” he said. “I feel really competitive. Sometimes you need to be challenged. I’ve kind of been defiant my whole life.”
West continued to live in Los Angeles during his time with the Warriors and had coveted a return to the Lakers before Jeanie Buss hired Hall of Famer Magic Johnson to run that franchise. West’s arrival is not expected to diminish the authority of Doc Rivers, who serves as the team’s president of basketball operations as well as head coach.
Word of West’s return to basketball in Los Angeles came hours after the Southern California News Group reported the Clippers were closing in on a deal to build a new arena in Inglewood, the city where West played, coached and served as general manager of the Lakers over the […]