Jerry West Seeking Return to NBA

Aaron Young@ayguitarContributor IIIAugust 16, 2010

After retiring as Memphis Grizzlies general manager in 2007, Jerry West could soon return to a front office role in the NBA.

According to the Association's website, West is open to accepting a reduced role for an NBA franchise.

"The Logo" was close to joining the Golden State Warriors front office when friend and business magnate Larry Ellison was bidding for the franchise, which was put up for sale this summer. Ellison, who is the co-founder of Oracle Corporation, the sponsor of Golden State's homecourt, was eventually outbid by Peter Gruber and Joe Lacob.

Soon after Ellison's failed purchase of the Warriors, West's negotiations with the organization came to a halt.

The 1972 NBA Champion's desire to return the league has not been deterred by that situation though.

"Mr.Clutch" continues to openly express his longing to make a comeback.

"If there were an opportunity that I considered attractive, and obviously working with the right people would be very, very important, I could have an interest.

"But it wouldn’t be on a day-to-day interest. I’ve always felt it would be nice to be a working consultant. I’m not talking about somebody that just sits around and does nothing. You’re either in or you’re out."

West, before calling it quits in 2007, had been involved in the league for nearly 40 years as a player, coach, scout, and general manager.

After earning the last of his 25,192 points and 6,238 assists, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, his playing days ended in 1974, retiring with 14 All-Star Game appearances and a 1969 NBA Finals MVP trophy.

In 1976, West was named the head coach of the Lakers. In three years, the team compiled a 145-101 record and appeared in the 1977 Western Conference Finals.

Before the 1982-1983 season, he became the organization's general manager. While serving in that role, West helped build the "Showtime" teams of the 1980s which brought the city four NBA Finals victories.

Over 15 years after becoming GM, Jerry West assembled a roster featuring NBA superstars Shaquille O' Neal and Kobe Bryant under the helm of head coach Phil Jackson. The team won three consecutive Championships from 2000 to 2002.

In 2002, he moved to the Memphis Grizzlies in the same capacity. During his time managing the young franchise, he constructed the best teams the organization had ever seen, winning the 2004 Executive of the Year honor in the process.

Jerry West has not been active with the NBA since 2007, but considering his eight Championships rings, seven as general manager and one as a star point guard, work shouldn't be hard to find.