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West, Jerry Alan (Zeek from Cabin Creek)

Born: 1938 AD
Currently alive, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Athlete, Basketball Player


1938 - Born on the 28th of May in Cheylan, west Virginia.


1959 - He was a standout in high school and at college, attending West Virginia University and leading it to the NCAA championship game (of which he was named Most Valuable Player) before embarking on a 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.


1960 - He also played for, and co-captained with Oscar Robertson, the U.S. Olympic gold medal team in Rome.


1971 - 1972 - Played in nine NBA Finals, but finished his career with only one championship.


1976 - 1979 - Became a coach who carried the Lakers into the playoffs in his three seasons, after which he was hired as an executive for the club in various positions.


1980 - He was named to the NBA's 35th Anniversary All-Time Team.


1982 - He was named general manager of the Lakers, and through shrewd trades and draft picks, maintained the Lakers' status in the NBA elite for the rest of the decade.


1996 - He was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.


2002 - He was hired as President of Basketball Operations by the Memphis Grizzlies.


2005 - His number 44 became the first basketball number to be retired by West Virginia University.


2007 - A bronze statue of him was honored outside of the WVU Coliseum.


         - He sold his Memphis home to Michael Heisley's Hoops LP company for $3.7 million dollars.


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