75 Year Old Jerry West Puts On Shooting Exhibition At Kids Camp, Says “I Haven’t Shot A Basket In Years”
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I’m sure you have heard some people say the NBA should update the NBA logo by replacing Jerry West with another player. I don’t care to get into lengthy conversations bragging about players I’ve never seen play, but when it comes to Mr. Clutch, I like to point out he is the only player in NBA history to win the NBA Finals MVP while being on the losing team. He was also on the losing team in the NBA Finals nine times in 14 seasons but you can’t hold that against him. Like all the great players who never won a ring in the 90s because of Michael Jordan and the Bulls dynasty, it was near impossible to win a championship back when the more dominant Celtics dynasty was going on.
He did manage to win one ring during his career and when he retired in 1974, he had 14 All-Star (before fan voting) and 10 All-NBA First Team appearances on his resume.
Now here we are 39 years later, with an awesome video of the 75-year-old legend showing kids at a camp how to properly shoot the ball and showing us why he belongs on the logo that every great player after him will have to wear and honor. The best moment of the video is when he tells the kids, “I haven’t shot a basket in years” after effortlessly sinking a bunch of shots.
As a bonus, he was also the guy who was able to get Shaq to sign with the Lakers, Kobe and Horry in trades and draft Derek Fisher in the same year. And that’s what of many reasons why I believe he is right up there with Red Auerbach for the title of “Greatest NBA GM ever.”
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