Jerry West is the type of player that comes around once in life.
He played with all heart and pride, and nobody took losses harder than him. West's legacy isn’t just as a player with the Lakers; he was also a head coach for the Lakers and arguably the best GM the Lakers ever had.
West was responsible for the Lakers' success multiple times—the first, when he built a dynasty during the 1980s that went on to win five championship titles, and the second time in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when he helped the Lakers win three more championships.
While he was part of the Lakers front office, he was revered, loved and listened to by all.
As a Lakers player, West was a 14-time All-Star, scored over 25,000 points in his career and averaged 27.0 PPG.
He led the Lakers in scoring for seven seasons, and after losing in the NBA Finals a record seven times, he finally won his title in 1971-1972.
He is the only player to be named Finals MVP despite his team losing.
While most players hope to play well enough to have one nickname bestowed upon them, West has two: Mr. Clutch, because he was always reliable in timely situations, and The Logo after being the model for the NBA’s logo.