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Jerry West leaving Warriors, hired as Clippers consultant

Jerry West leaving Warriors, hired as Clippers consultant

Known as the architect of two Laker championship teams as a general manager (Showtime in the decade of the 80s and the Kobe-Shaq threepeaters at the beginning of the century), West was not in a decision-making capacity with the Warriors.

West, whose silhouette makes up the NBA's unmistakable logo, won an National Basketball Association title in 1972 and was a 14-time All-Star.

"It's been an incredible seven years here with the Warriors", West told The AP. West's role is supposedly not changing, and it'll just be moving from one California team to another that's the biggest switch in all of this madness.

Not however, to the Lakers, the franchise with which West built arguably the NBA's greatest overall career as both an elite player and general manager. In an interview with ESPN, West stated that he did not know the reason what he was leaving too. "Was this the end of me being productive. I've kind of been defiant my whole life, the way I was raised and I think this is like the defiant streak in me, I don't know". Sometimes you need to be challenged.

As someone who has helped the Lakers draft well in recent years, the Lakers surely don't want to lose West before the draft starts.

It also would mean escaping the long shadow of the Lakers, at least in their own home arena. Reports state that West will play an important role with the Los Angeles Clippers in retaining their free agents. I worked for a fantastic group of people up [at Golden State]. Ballmer became agitated with the arrangement fairly early in his ownership, sources said.

The Los Angeles Clippers could soon be joining the Rams and Chargers as future residents of Inglewood, with the City Council Thursday unanimously approving an exclusive negotiating agreement for development of an NBA basketball arena on a 22-acre plot of land.


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