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Mike Sielski: A legend's greatest coup: How the late Jerry West made Kobe Bryant a Laker

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Jerry West, the legendary Los Angeles Lakers player, coach, and executive, died Wednesday at 86 . Among his many career accomplishments, West was instrumental in masterminding and executing the Lakers’ plan — before, during, and after the 1996 NBA draft — to acquire a prospect out of Lower Merion High School named Kobe Bryant.

The ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Laker legend Jerry West's final legacy sadly includes estrangement from Lakers

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The sadness was compounded by the strangeness.

The announcement of the death of the greatest Laker was made by the Clippers.

"Jerry West, the personification of basketball excellence and a friend to all who knew him, passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 86," read the Wednesday morning release from the Clippers' communications ...Read more

Eye for talent 'unmatched': Magic Johnson shares memories of Jerry West

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LOS ANGELES — When Magic Johnson heard the news that friend Jerry West had died early Wednesday morning, he began to reminisce about their first lunch together at the Forum in Inglewood after the Lakers had selected him No. 1 overall out of Michigan State in 1979.

Johnson recalled how his dad, Earvin Johnson Sr., was at the lunch and how his ...Read more

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NBA Finals 2024: Celtics determine Kristaps Porzingis' status for Game 3

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DALLAS — The Boston Celtics ruled out starting center Kristaps Porzingis before Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night.

Porzingis had been listed as questionable with suffering a tendon dislocation in his left foot/ankle late in the third quarter of the Game 2. He has a “torn medial retinaculum allowing dislocation of the posterior ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: Recruiting Jerry West is the best move the Warriors ever made

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Jerry West will always be the Logo, Mr. Clutch, and a Los Angeles Lakers legend.

But West, one of the greatest players and minds in basketball history, who died Wednesday morning at age 86, will always, to me, be The Basis in the Bay.

His infinite roundball wisdom and never-compromise attitude proved to be the foundation on which the Warriors ...Read more

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How Jerry West helped turn the Warriors from doormat to dynasty

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For all that Jerry West accomplished in his 86 years, his role in helping transform the Warriors into a championship team held a special place in his heart.

“I’ve been so fortunate in my life to be part of some really fun things, and some incredibly disappointing things,” West told former Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami in 2017 during...Read more

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At rape trial of Illinois basketball star Terrence Shannon, jury hears from accuser's friend, Kansas player

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday in the rape trial of Terrence Shannon Jr. as jurors heard testimony from his accuser’s best friend and from a second-team All-American on the University of Kansas men’s basketball team, both of whom were at the crowded bar near KU’s campus the night of the alleged assault.

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How Jerry West became the NBA logo -- and why David Stern never admitted to it

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LOS ANGELES — David Stern went to his grave without admitting that Jerry West was the inspiration for the NBA logo. West died Wednesday at 86 knowing with certainty that he was "The Logo" — and he wasn't really happy about it, especially the capital letters.

Stern spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner before handing the ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: An ode to Jerry West -- the greatest basketball man there ever was

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PITTSBURGH — Jerry West is the greatest basketball man who ever walked the planet. I am not sure that's even an arguable point, all things considered.

Notice I didn't write that he was the greatest player of all time, though he was certainly someone who is in the conversation among the top 10.

I also didn't write that he was the greatest ...Read more

NBA icon Jerry West, dead at 86, had impact that endures, resonates with Heat, Arison; leaves Riley with 'a waterfall of tears'

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MIAMI — His silhouette the logo for the NBA, Jerry West’s reach extended beyond the franchise he played for and those he oversaw in the front office. That certainly stood as the case with the Miami Heat and those within the franchise he touched before Wednesday’s passing at the age of 86.

Shortly after the Los Angeles Clippers confirmed ...Read more

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Jerry West, Lakers legend and architect of 'Showtime' era, dies at 86

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LOS ANGELES — Jerry West, the legendary Lakers player and later coach and general manager who took the team to stunning heights season after season but could never quite satisfy his own impossibly high standards, has died.

Regarded as a near deity through the NBA, West died Wednesday with his wife, Karen, by his side, the Los Angeles Clippers...Read more

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Where John Calipari's final Kentucky squad ended up after mass exodus via transfer portal

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The dust has finally settled for John Calipari’s final Kentucky basketball team.

An offseason of sweeping change for the UK program — with Calipari leaving to become the head coach at Arkansas and ex-Cat Mark Pope being named Kentucky’s new coach — has featured a complete overhaul of the Wildcats’ roster.

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Dieter Kurtenbach: Here's who the Warriors should draft with pick No. 52

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The first moves a new general manager makes are always informative.

Bob Myers’ first moves as the Warriors’ general manager, for instance, were to draft Draymond Green and sign Steph Curry to a four-year, faith-based contract that would provide the capital to build the greatest basketball team in modern times. A few months before he landed ...Read more

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Kyrie Irving takes accountability for Mavs' 2-0 deficit to Boston

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DALLAS — There are a number of reasons the Dallas Mavericks find themselves in a 2-0 deficit to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals and chief among them has been the play of star guard Kyrie Irving.

Through the first two games Irving is averaging just 14 points and four assists while only shooting 35% from the field and not making a 3. It�...Read more

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Mirjam Swanson: Denied by Dan Hurley, the Lakers' next coach can't be JJ Redick

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The Lakers are fishing for a coach. Again.

Shocking, I know, but even with all the trawling they’ve done over the past few years — they’ve caught and released six full-time head coaches since 2011 — there are still other fish in the sea. A few good ones, actually.

I say give the Lakers a little credit on this latest expedition; they ...Read more

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Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis addresses rare injury that may sideline him for NBA Finals Game 3

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DALLAS — Two nights ago, Kristaps Porzingis had no doubts about playing in Game 3.

Now, his status is a complete question mark.

Porzingis is considered day-to-day and officially listed as questionable after suffering a tendon dislocation in his left foot/ankle late in the third quarter of the Celtics’ Game 2 win over Dallas on Sunday night...Read more

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Why Celtics' Jaylen Brown wants to 'trick' his mind ahead of NBA Finals Game 3

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DALLAS — Jaylen Brown knows the odds.

Roughly 86% of teams that stake a 2-0 lead in the Finals go on to win the title. The Celtics hold a 2-0 series lead heading into Game 3 Wednesday. So how can he ensure Boston doesn’t become a losing exception?

“It’s almost like you got to trick your mind almost in a sense. You almost got to play ...Read more

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By declining Lakers offer, Dan Hurley proves he's built UConn into premier basketball destination

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Six years ago, back when it was still “coming,” this would have been almost impossible to conceive.

UConn, stuck then in the sterile, conglomerate killjoy that was the American Athletic Conference, had seen the light go out of its basketball blueblood eyes, which were glazing over as they witnessed conference losses to the likes of Tulsa ...Read more

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Jonquel Jones' rising play powers Liberty to home-court advantage in Commissioner's Cup Final

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NEW YORK — The New York Liberty are set to defend their Commissioner’s Cup championship on their home floor in two weeks largely due to the recent play of their star center Jonquel Jones.

With starting guard Courtney Vandersloot (personal reasons) unavailable and center Nyara Sabally (back) unable to aid the frontcourt, it’s been Jones ...Read more

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'I was terrified,' accuser testifies in rape trial of Illinois basketball star Terrence Shannon Jr.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — It was an emotional second day in Terrence Shannon Jr.’s rape trial as his accuser took the witness stand and described for a Douglas County jury the night she said the Chicago native and University of Illinois men’s basketball standout penetrated her vagina with his finger while at a crowded bar near the University of ...Read more