Jerry West

NBA Guard Jerry West Full Name: Jerry West

United States of America

Profession: NBA Guard
Why Famous: Played his entire professional NBA career for the Los Angeles Lakers. Nicknamed "Mr. Clutch" for his ability to make a big play in a clutch situation, such as his famous buzzer-beating 60-foot shot that tied Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks, which the Lakers would end up winning.

Born: May 28, 1938 (80 years old)
Birthplace: Chelyan, West Virginia, USA

Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Gemini

Married Life

  • 1960-04-10 NBA guard Jerry West (21) weds his college sweetheart Martha Kane in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • 1978-05-28 NBA legend Jerry West (40) weds cheerleader Karen Bua

Historical Events in the Life of Jerry West

  • 1969-04-23 LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points
  • 1974-10-03 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games
  • 2000-08-07 Los Angeles Lakers announce retirement of former star player and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Jerry West; name Mitch Kupchak to succeed him

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