Jerry West is a prominent basketball player who had been a core player of the Los Angeles Lakers for 14 years and has been a coach.
Who is Jerry West?
Jerome Alan West, better known as Jerry West, is one of the most popular basketball players in the USA. West has been an integral part of the Los Angeles Lakers, for whom he played for one and a half-decade consecutively in the National Basketball Association. He has been serving as the Executive board member in the NBA. After playing till 1974, West joined the Lakers as a coach and helped the team achieve higher goals. The player has also represented the USA in the 1960 Olympics, the team which won the gold medal in that season. He was also a member of the gold medalist team of the 1959 Pan American Games representing the USA.
For his extraordinary representation of talent in basketball, West received several recognitions throughout his career. In 1959, he received the title of most valuable player at the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament. In the 1969 NBA season, West was named as the most valuable player in the NBA Finals. He also received the recognition of the most valuable player in the NBA All-Star Game in 1972. West was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979. In 1995, the celebrated player received the honour of being the NBA Executive of the Year by the Sporting News.
|Birth Name||Jerome Alan West|
|Birth Date||May 28, 1938 (Age 83)|
|Birth Place||Chelyan, West Virginia, USA|
|Other Names||Jerry West, Zeke from Cabin Creek, Mr Clutch, The Logo|
|Parent(s)||Howard Stewart West, Cecil Sue West|
|Sibling(s)||Charles West, Patricia Noel, David West, Hannah Bowman, Barbara West|
|High School||East Bank High School|
|College||West Virginia University|
|Profession||Basketball player, Coach, NBA executive|
|Active Years||1960- Present|
|Height||6 feet 3 inches|
|Spouse(s)||Martha Jane Kane (1960–1976)|
Karen West (1978- Present)
|Children||Jonnie West, Ryan West, Michael West, Mark West, David West|
|Social Media Handles||N/A|
|Net worth||$55 million|
Why is Jerry West famous?
- Jerry West is one of the greatest basketball players in the Los Angeles Lakers. He started playing in his high school days. Being a 6 feet tall player, West had enough advantages to become an exceptional player breaking major records. In 1956, he got the West Virginia Player of the Year and was also the top scorer for his school. In the same year led by West, East Bank High School became the state champion. While playing for his college, the player was responsible for 17 consecutive wins in his opening season. After having a memorable career at the collegiate level, West moved to represent the USA in the Olympics in 1960. Co-captained by West and Oscar Robertson, the team won a gold medal in that season.
- In the same year, the player was drafted in the NBA season by the Minneapolis Lakers, which later became Los Angeles Lakers. Starting as a guard player, West became the most significant point guard ever for the Lakers. As a player, he won eight NBA championships with 14 All-Star appearances and 10 All-NBA first-team selections. After a successful career as a player, West was hired as a coach by the Lakers and general manager. During his stay, the Los Angeles Lakers won six championship rings. He has also served as director-general for Memphis Grizzlies in 2002. In 2011, West became an executive board member of the Golden State Warriors. Later he joined the Los Angeles Clippers as an executive member in 2017.
How does Jerry West look?
- Jerry West is an 83 years old former basketball player. He is 6.3 feet tall and has a body weight of 84 kg. West has brown eyes and grey hair. He attended East Bank High School, which was later renamed West Bank High School. West’s parents are Howard Stewart West, Cecil Sue West.
Is Jerry West single?
- Jerry West has been married to Karen West since 1978. Jerry first married Martha Jane Kane in 1960, but they separated in 1976. The basketball player has five children- Jonnie West, Ryan West, Michael West, Mark West, David West.
What is Jerry West’s net worth?
- Jerry West’s net worth is $55 million US dollars.
- Jerry West has five kids.
- He is 6.3 feet tall.
- Jerry’s birth sign is Gemini.