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NBA icon Jerry West dies at 86

NBA icon Jerry West has passed away aged 86.

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Jerry West, one of the NBA’s greatest-ever players, has died at the age of 86.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend played for the franchise for 15 seasons between 1960-1974 and remained on the West Coast as an executive for nearly 30 more years.

As their head coach and then their general manager. West led the Lakers to six NBA championships, adding to the one he won as a player.

After eventually leaving, he moved on to work for the Golden State Warriors, where he helped deliver two more championships.

Most recently, he was employed by the Los Angeles Clippers.

But perhaps his most notable achievement is being the darkened silhouette behind the NBA logo.


West will always be remembered for his achievements on and off the court and his dribbling in particular caught the eye during his playing days.

Nicknamed ‘Mr. Clutch’ for his late-game heroics, the famed baller is adored on the West Coast.

He had a huge impact on the Lakers’ dominant run in the 20th century and the announcement of his death was met with several touching tributes from former players and pundits.

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Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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