Jerry West, NBA legend, dies at age 86

Jerry West, NBA legend, dies at age 86

LA Clippers executive board member Jerry West attends a game between the Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2019 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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NBA legend Jerry West, whose prolific playing, coaching and management career landed him on the league’s logo, died on Wednesday.

The 86-year-old had most recently been working for the Los Angeles 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,” according to a statement by the Clippers. “His wife, Karen, was by his side.”

Jerry West drives up the middle and scores in 1st period of Laker 127-120 win over Bullets. 

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member was an all-American at the University of West Virginia before playing 14 seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers.

West led the Lakers to nine appearances in the NBA finals, capturing the title once, in 1972.

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