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Category Archives: Jerry West

Jerry West Assesses the Kings

I advise the Clippers and generally don’t share my insights publicly but suppose it’s all right to tell you I like the Kings, especially De’Aaron Fox, who speeds past more defenders than anyone in the league. He’s also been hitting his jumpers and threes. Right, I know his outside shooting’s cooled off recently. Last five […]

Also posted in Dave Joerger, De'Aaron Fox, Depression, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Marvin Bagley, Phil Jackson, Sacramento Kings

Jerry West Watches the Lakers

At the Lakers third game this season, against the Spurs, I turned in my courtside seat, pulled out my mini-binoculars and spotted Jerry West standing in a luxury box. I hustled upstairs, twice used a counterfeit pass to trick security guards, and reached the hallowed door on which I knocked. A starlet opened up, and […]

Also posted in Basketball, DeMar DeRozan, Gregg Popovich, Josh Hart, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lebron James, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio, Wilt Chamberlain

Happy Hairston in Shower

On a fall evening in 1967, Rick Barry isn’t at Sacramento High School. Neither is Oscar Robertson. Barry after two splendid seasons with the San Francisco Warriors is sitting out this one in order to later earn more money by playing in the wild new American Basketball Association of multi-colored balls and three-point shots. I […]

Also posted in Basketball, Cancer, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Happy Hairston, Oscar Robertson, Rick Barry, Sacramento, Wilt Chamberlain

Mr. Clutch

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Bill Russell, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Wilt Chamberlain

The Underdog

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Bill Russell, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Oakland, Stephen Curry, Wilt Chamberlain

Kobe Decides

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Bakersfield, D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal

Wilt Calls LeBron

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, John Havlicek, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Wilt Chamberlain

Courtside in Las Vegas

He’s the master of smooth jump shooting. He’s a shrewd passer and disruptive long-armed defender. He’s the player who hits shots when it matters. He’s Mr. Clutch, Jerry West, man in the NBA logo. He’s also the legend whose 1960s Los Angeles Lakers lose several times in the finals to the Boston Celtics of supernatural […]

Also posted in Basketball, Bazooka Limon, Boston Celtics, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Pat Riley, Shaquille O'Neal