Jerry West Rips Jeanie Buss' High 5 Lakers Rankings: '1 of the Most Offensive Things'
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Jerry West spent a protracted time with the Los Angeles Lakers as a player, coach and executive, but he didn't possess the decrease for Jeanie Buss' five most necessary of us in franchise ancient past.
West changed into obviously upset at the proprietor's snub when talking to Peter Vecsey on the Hoop Du Jour podcast (h/t CBS Los Angeles):
"I saw the varied day Jeanie Buss made an announcement, the five most necessary Lakers, surely one of many most offensive issues I've ever heard in my existence. I changed into there a ramification of times, had a ramification of success. Be unprecedented to know if they would possess had that success if I hadn't been there.
"And I produce no longer ever have interaction credit for stuff, I produce no longer. Once I changed into round, maybe I changed into correct a first fee excellent fortune charm. But I cease know, that after this element fell aside, there changed into a ramification of years where they weren't very excellent."
Buss changed into asked the inquire on the The whole Smoke podcast, itemizing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Phil Jackson (h/t Victoria Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times).
All four of the gamers listed did select no longer no longer up to 1 title with the Lakers, while Jackson changed into the head coach for five championships. On the opposite hand, West's affect on the organization speaks for itself.
The guard changed into named an All-Huge title for the length of every of his 14 years within the NBA, all with Los Angeles, serving to the team select a title for the length of the 1971-72 season. He led the Lakers to the NBA Finals seven times (nine total) sooner than within the waste breaking by with a championship alongside Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor.
West changed into inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Status in 1980 and aloof ranks fifth in league ancient past with 27.03 elements per game.
After his taking half in profession, West spent three years because the team's head coach (1976-79) sooner than serving as total supervisor (1982-94) and executive vice president of basketball operations (1995-2000). In that time, he helped possess more than one dynasties and changed into instrumental in bringing Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal to Los Angeles.
Of path, he may maybe need wretchedness his recognition with the team when he joined the rival Los Angeles Clippers as a specialist in 2017.
West's taking half in profession also came sooner than Jerry Buss, Jeanie's father, bought the team in 1979. This timeline may maybe need influenced the most modern team president's high five picks.