The “San Jose Mercury News” reported that the Golden State Warriors introduced the newest member of the team’s executive board former Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Jerry West to the media Tuesday afternoon. The club announced the move last week as Warriors Team Owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are hoping that having the architect of the Lakers during their “Showtime Era” will prove to be beneficial to their organization. The member of the Basketball Hall Of Fame also has an “economic interest” in the team according to Lacob.
West told reporters “I see things a little bit different than they do and I will give my opinion. I do think there’s changes that need to be made here, and I know they do in talking with them. I would encourage them to be a little more aggressive than they have been. I know my place in this organization. I think I can be of help. I think I can stimulate ideas. I think I can encourage them to be bold, risk-taking. I will tell you, I’m not a shrinking violet. I’m not. If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask.”
Lacob told media members that West was brought on board to help the team escape the basement of the Association where the Warriors have resided for the last few seasons. The Golden State Owner said “We have high goals. The only way to (reach) that is to have good people around you. The best people. All he talks about is winning, about passion, about commitment. He has one of the best track records in almost every respect as an executive, as a player, as a coach, as anyone who’s ever been around the word basketball. He’s the legend. He is that good. He is that smart. He is that experienced.”
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.