Jerry West, who won seven championships as player and front-office executive for the Los Angeles Lakers, joined the Golden State Warriors as one of the National Basketball Association club’s board members.
West, 72, will have responsibilities ranging from basketball operations to business, sponsorship and marketing, the team said today in a statement. Terms weren’t disclosed.
West, a Hall of Famer and 14-time All-Star from 1960-74, spent three years as coach of the Lakers before moving to the team’s front office for 18 years. He won one championship as a player and six more while running the team’s basketball operations. He then joined the Memphis Grizzlies as president from 2002-07.
As a Lakers executive, he traded for Kobe Bryant three weeks after Bryant was drafted by the then-Charlotte Hornets. Bryant has been on five championship teams with the Lakers.
“This role is appealing at this particular time because it will provide me an opportunity to remain close to the game and contribute to an organization in a meaningful, all-encompassing manner,” said West, who will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area while maintaining his home in Los Angeles.
West will report directly to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, who bought the team last July for $450 million. The Warriors have missed the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 seasons.
“His accomplishments in this business as both a player and executive are almost beyond comprehension and certainly well- documented,” Lacob said. “He’s simply a winner and, quite honestly, you can never have too many of those in your organization.”
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