The “San Jose Mercury News” reported Friday that the Golden State Warriors have named former Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Jerry West as a member of the team’s executive board. A press release from the team states that the member of the Basketball Hall Of Fame will be involved in the club’s basketball operations as well as helping with sponsorship and marketing. The 72-year-old West will be based out of Los Angeles but is expected to make frequent visits to the Bay Area and will report directly to the team’s co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.
Lacob is extremely pleased to be adding West to the team’s front office. He said “We are elated to add Jerry West and his incredible list of credentials to our Executive Board. His accomplishments in this business as both a player and executive are almost beyond comprehension and certainly well-documented. He’s simply a winner and, quite honestly, you can never have too many of those in your organization. After spending time with him in recent weeks, including a terrific meeting two weeks ago that included Peter Guber, Larry Riley, Bob Myers and our entire Basketball Operations staff, it’s quite evident that he still has an unrelenting passion for the game and the business. His vast experiences, knowledge, credibility and intuition will benefit our organization on many different levels. We’re fortunate that we will have the ability to tap into his expertise on a wide-array of subjects on both the basketball and business side of the operation and I would expect that he will be a valuable representative on many fronts.”
The former Lakers player and executive is looking forward to joining forces with the Warriors. West said “I’m excited about this opportunity and, quite frankly, humbled that the new ownership group with the Warriors inquired about my interest in joining the organization in this capacity. I’ve had the good fortune to work for two wonderful owners, Dr. Jerry Buss and Michael Heisley, as an executive and I know that you must have a commitment at the top to succeed. I sense that is certainly the case with the Warriors or I would not have made this decision. 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. It had to be the right situation with the right group of people and this opportunity certainly meets those criteria. I’ve been extremely impressed with Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and the members of the Basketball Operations staff during our conversations and I’m looking forward to working with them and other members of the Warriors’ organization as we move forward.”
West played for the Lakers for 14 seasons and then went on to become the team’s head coach for three years before moving on to the front office. He was the General Manager and Executive Vice President Of Basketball Operations from 1982 through 2000. The team won four NBA Titles during his tenure. He would move on to become President Of Basketball Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002-2007.