Lakers Legend Jerry West Passes Away at 86

Basketball icon Jerry West, renowned for his illustrious career as both a player and executive, has died at age 86. West, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers and inspired the NBA logo, passed away peacefully with his wife, Karen, by his side. The Clippers, where West served as an executive at the time of his death, released a statement honoring him as the “personification of basketball excellence and a friend to all who knew him.”

West’s remarkable career earned him three enshrinements into the Basketball Hall of Fame: first as a player in 1980, then as a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team in 2010, and he was set to be honored later this year as a contributor. Known as “Mr. Clutch” for his competitive spirit and ability to excel in crucial moments, West was the league’s first Finals MVP and a 14-time All-Star. His four decades with the Lakers included roles as a player, head coach, and executive, contributing to eight NBA championships and cementing his legacy as one of the sport’s greatest minds.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver paid tribute to West, highlighting his influence over more than 60 years in the league. Silver praised West’s dual legacy of on-court brilliance and front office acumen, noting his instrumental role in building championship teams not only with the Lakers but also with the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, and the Clippers. West’s enduring impact on the game is symbolized by his silhouette as the NBA’s logo, underscoring his nickname “The Logo” and his lasting imprint on basketball history.

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