West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life
It was only logical that when the National Basketball Association needed a silhouette for their logo that they selected the side view of Jerry West. For forty years, West has been an integral part of N.B.A. history, first as a player and then as a coach and general manager. "Mr. Clutch" made the All-Star team every year of his career and created the dynasties that would wi...more
Drive your Ferrari out to the country club and tell you golfing pals what a rough deal life dealt you, Mr. West, 'cause your whining fell o ...more
For those unfamiliar with West, the silhouette that makes up the NBA logo is based on him. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers h ...more
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I found some commonalities between West's experiences and mine, particularly his obsessive nature, hatred of confl ...more
I recently read another celebrity autobiography (Insi ...more
We learn about his lingering insecurities and internal struggles, and how his relationship with his father and his feelings and anger toward him, as well as the death of his brother in Korea, forged his character.
Based a lot on ...more
on the cover of this book became the NBA logo.
I previously read memoirs by NBA greats Larry Bird,
Julius Erving, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar (his last season
w/ the Lakers), & Steve Kerr (player + later champion
Jerry West, born in West Virginia, was the 5th of 6 kids.
His parents did not show love or affection & Jerry's dad
beat him. Sometimes the family made do on limited funds.
This left a lasting impression. Jerry played HS basket-
ball, th ...more
The book was written as if Jerry West was sitting in my home and talking to me as a trusted friend. He was open and honest about his life that many people would find very hard to do. We sports fans tend to see our favorite athletes as only people who play sports and we do not stop to consider that they are just like us - human beings with real human issues. He is one of my all-time favorite basketball players even though I was a Boston Celtic fa ...more
Jerry West is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. After retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers in 1974, West went on to lead the team-- first as a coach, and then as the general manager. He lives in California and West Virginia.