Jerry West

NBA Guard Jerry West
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Profession: NBA Guard

United States of America

Biography: Played his entire professional NBA career for the Los Angeles Lakers.

West was 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
Birthplace: Chelyan, West Virginia, USA
Age: 84 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
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

  • 1959-03-21 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats West Virginia, 71-70; WV future Hall of Fame point guard Jerry West is named MOP
  • 1969-04-23 LA Lakers guard Jerry West scores 53 points in 120-118 NBA Finals Game 1 win over Boston Celtics at the LA Forum
  • 1972-01-18 22nd NBA All Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood, Ca: West beats East, 112-110: MVP: Jerry West, LA Lakers, G, hits a last-second, 20-foot game-winning jumper
  • 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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