PLAYA VISTA — Not to be overly sensational, but if this works out, they might want to consider using Jerry West’s silhouette as the logo for life itself.
The most famous outline in NBA history and one of the league’s predominant championship architects, West has agreed to join a construction project still maddeningly incomplete after nearly five decades.
“Fear of failure is the worst possible fear you can have,” West said Monday after being introduced as the Clippers’ most celebrated consultant ever. “I’m not afraid of anything.”
Clearly not, a man who has won everything willingly becoming part of a franchise that has won nothing.
Just the same, right here at the top, I’d like to note that it was West who, during his introductory news conference, called himself “crazy.”
He is simply the most valuable 79-year-old in the history of the NBA, a man hired just to share his opinion being trumpeted for his ability to now make a tangible difference.
“I’ve never been conventional,” West said as to why someone would leave the two-time NBA champion Warriors for the all-time NBA also-ran Clippers.
He noted that he retired as a Laker in 1974 when he felt it was time even though he “would have been the highest-paid player in the league.”
He explained that he departed from the Lakers as an executive in 2000 after winning another NBA title – his seventh overall – despite knowing “they were going to win more.”
He detailed the agony involved in saying goodbye to Golden State in part because “no one’s going to beat (the Warriors) for a couple years, if they stay healthy.”
West also talked about his desire “to work for the worst team in basketball in a small market,” which led to him helping turn once-vagabond Memphis into a playoff-caliber operation.
“That’s the ultimate test of a person,” he said, “to see if you do have anything.”
Really? Because I’m thinking the Clippers are the ultimate test by just about every…