The All-star weekend began with the unveiling of Jerry West’s statue outside Staples Center. The NBA logo now has his own statue. He’s immortalized along with fellow Laker Magic Johnson, legendary Laker broadcaster Chick Hearn, Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De la Hoya. All the big names in NBA history showed up to pay respect including Pat Riley, teammate Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Shaquille O’Neal, and even Pau Gasol. Kobe Bryant sent a video, he’s probably still bitter about West’s (“Lakers won’t be good much longer“) and Johnson’s criticism of Lakers’ recent struggles. Congrats to “Mr. Clutch,” the man who always shied away from the spotlight.
February 18th, 2011