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Lakers to unveil Jerry West statue during NBA All-Star weekend

Feel free to call Jerry West both "The Logo" and "The Statue."

The Lakers plan to add a statue of West outside Staples Center and unveil it during NBA All-Star weekend Feb. 18-20, Lakers spokesman John Black said.

This will mark the third Lakers statue outside Staples Center, which also includes Magic Johnson and Chick Hearn. Staples Center also features statues depicting hockey player Wayne Gretzky and boxer Oscar De La Hoya. Johnson's statue was dedicated during the NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles in 2004, while Hearn's statue was unveiled last season.

Known as "Mr. Clutch" during his playing career with the Lakers from 1960-1974, West led the Lakers to an NBA championship in 1972, became a 14-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA team member and won the 1969 Finals MVP, though the Lakers lost that series to the Celtics. He also retired as the Lakers' all-time leading scorer with 25,192 points before Kobe Bryant eclipsed that mark last season.

West's standing within the Lakers go beyond his accomplishments as a player. He worked in the front office, including head coaching and scouting positions before assuming the General Manager role in the 1982-1983 season. That led to seven championships and an NBA executive of the year honor in 1995.

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Not to be snarky or anything, but here's hoping that they hired a sculptor with some skill and knowledge of anatomy.. I love that Magic has a statue, but it was kind of cartoonishly executed..

This is a truly wonderful thing for sure, but why is Kareem excluded? The man is a Laker and NBA icon as well, and statistically is one of the most dominate players of all-time. Then you factor in the UCLA years as well, and it is just odd that he doesn't have one yet. Not to take anything away from Mr. West, a great general manager who helped the Lakers even when he was not employed by the team (Thank you so much again for Pau!). But Kareem should be the next in line to be awarded this honor.

Feel free to call Jerry West both "The Logo" and "The Statue."

Don't forget "MR Clutch."

I may have to change my handle to 63 Footer Statue.

I defend ALL Lakers when they are being unjustly criticized. Fish, Lamar, Luke, whoever. It's just that lots of people here want to blame Luke for anything that goes wrong in a game.
Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | November 10, 2010 at 09:45 AM

How very noble of you! so luke is back in full force and guess whos startin to show a hearbeat and is now suddenly back to life and kicking.. after taking a whole summer off to hibernate and sulk on farmar's self exile hes back like gangbusters ready to defend lukes cause once again... the #1 lakerblog luke bodyguard of all time ladies n gentlemen i bring you the one n only LTLF!!!!

it dont matter if luke shoots 0-20 with 10 airballs and 10 TO a game he will always find a way to justify lukes play... for the last 5 painful farmar years he also stood loyal next to him through thick n thin and even today refuses to admit blake is a better fit... always in self denial a bit temperamental and overly loyal to a fault and always unwilling to budge he will never admit luke is hurting the team... and i dont know what you can attribute last nights sloppy overall team play but luke had nothing to do with it... Maybe kobe shooting.. phils subtitusions, odoms rebounding, or even blakes decisionmaking but not luke.. NEVER.. never mind the fact the last 2 games luke has killed any momentum the bench has generated early in the year... not lukes fault.. not possible by any stretch of anyones wildest imagination.

hes also used jsut about every luke excuse in the book.. even defended luke in streetclothes, defended lukes ridiculous contract, his god awful shooting, even argued luke is a better rebounder than artest once and now is apparently excusing his pathetic play last nite to not being "in gameshape" YET... Okay. Sure dude!

LTLF.. good to have u back. =)

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“In their three losses, the Heat have been pounded inside by Emeka Okafor, Glen Davis and now Millsap. Little resistance has been met in each of those games -- even though the Heat score plenty of times themselves, they give up too many easy baskets close to the rim. The question now becomes whether the strengths outweigh the weaknesses down the stretch of a season with so much to prove.
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Good evening Fam (time for eating in Beautiful Golden Coast :) :) :))
I'm late because tonight is Serie A in Italy and they broadcast Milan (we're winning) so for once I just took it slowly.

I read all posts;
I rewatched the game this lunch break;
I tried to get worried;
I FAILED.

I'm not worried at all.

I remet the old Lakers... that team that once in a while MUST get into complacency (which team could suggest it more than Timberkittens?) and the team we all love to hate at times because we love it so much we can't take anything less than perfect from our totally perfect roaster.

Except that at least in my book these downturns (especially when they are finally harmless, cos we still to win) are healthy.
They still tell everybody we have a work to do which ain't gonna be nor smooth nor bloodless.

And it's expecially when we fail to impress with clearly lower teams that the pinching-at-cheeks to wake us up is going to work.

I'm sure now that against Denver we will play our best (best in this moment, which it isn't our supposed best at all anyway).

I am sure if we did blowout Timberworlves we would have risked to be complacent against Thuggets (and this really... just because we HAVE to fall into complacency... it's a biorhythm... we're like an organic creature... we go up and down on that like any organism would... the trick is having our lowest points when it's gonna be less troubling and I clap Destiny for making us complacent against the less troubling team ever).

I read you all and MM too and all the points are correct: all our minuses were correctly listed.

I sense all that as a good drawing board (think something like House, but less dramathic): we have the elements, we gotta heal them.

Better face the elements of risks sooner than later.

It's gonna enforce us.

To cheer world up, I repost the comment that has cracked me up a lot (genius...) :

"Glad we won,as lakerfans we know there will be quite a few more like this.

Miami on the other hand,must be going something like this..(thinking to themselves)

Wade:Dang I made that huge three in overtime to give us the lead,I had a very efficient 39 points,this is my house I
did my part....

Bron:My first heat t-dub, we got this this is my swagg I don't have to or need to take the last shot,that's what Wade's for,after all this is his house..did I mention I got a t-dub....??

Bosh: don't no ! look at me heck I had a huge block against Millsap and drew a charge on another play..What more do they want??after all I'm just the third option...right??

Spoel..whatever..: Dang eff eff eff.. a few more of those and Pat's taking over for sure..wonder is Van Gundy will take me in??

Wade:Whatever I told em we aint going 82-0,but Lebron I dunno,Where was he in the closing minutes??..Punk I shoulda got Kobe or Melo or or..F it

Bron: i dunno what more they expect from me,,I had a t-dub,am I the leader of this team?That's why I left cleveland,this is Wade's house.What did he do at the end?maybe I should just take over I am a better player than
him..Did I mention my t-dub?Wade's house my @55......

Bosh:Wow they better start doing well soon,I left for this?Heck La is looking sweet right about now,and bynum's down I coulda been 8-0 right now wtf....Wonder if that deals still on the table,maybe I can call Kobe..eff what's his number again??

Posted by: VI Lakerfan | November 10, 2010 at 07:59 AM"

Amazing ;)

I also shed a long laugh about Edwin Gueco's comparison between Luke and the California Unidentified Missile (I love Luke but that made me laugh I gotta confess).

Congrats to Rick for a double double on RCOTD (love you man) and I hope to see wes back as soon as possible too.

A smile to PLGurl and Outlaw ;) (submit the profile yes!!!) and I leave you with one pumping song that I'm later loving...

Scissor Sisters, She's My Man (appliable to Princess Jimmy? who knows ;) lol):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPwc-DpVFdc

and to ease all souls up and let the flow go, the classic Enya of Orinoco Flow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffBiIxp-LCo

Let me finish by expressing my love to Jerry West, and my gratitude for the fact he will finally be majorly honored in visibility where he deserves the most.

You Great Man... Thank You.
For everything and Beyond.
For giving me and us Kobe.
For your class and shine.
For your loyalty and inspiration.

Thank you.

Wholeheartedly thank you.

Catch you tomorrow fam ;) my Milan needs all support now ;)

LLL, Z. :)


I've been saying this for a while.
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There needs to be a separate Lakers Hall of Fame Museum built near Staples.
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It should include statues of all our retired jerseys players (as well as George Mikan), loads of memorabilia from Lakers history, installations honoring those Great Lakers players that have not had their jerseys retired (Jamal Wilkes, Michael Cooper, Bob McAdoo, Byron Scott, Robert Horry and Vlade Divac immediately come to mind) and an extensive gift shop.
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It's about time.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

I still like 'yeah, but Mo Ager will do that to you.'

I know, i said it myself, but somebody had to save it for posterity.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

Great to hear from you, LongTimeLakerFan.

It's sad that you have to post a comment every day to protect yourself from accusations of infidelity to logic and reason.

yello- you're sounding hysterical again.

Howdy folks.


A win is a win is a win is a win. Could we have played better? Yup. Will we play worse soemtime down the line? Most definitely. Will we lose? Eventually.


These are the truths of an NBA season. This Laker squad takes teams lightly. It does. So do all NBA teams, heck, the Nets probably take the Clippers lightly even though both should put in extra study time for every single game. No Laker team has gone all out during the regular season since Phil's inaugural coaching stint back in 99-00.


My only critique about this win is the locker room sniping. Keep it in the family, guys, it was a close game and if Phil over lobbys for a foul and gets T'd up...it just wasn't wise tactics, even though Kobe did get mugged a couple of times there in the 4th...at home.


Overall, this type of game is another example of why the assembled depth is necessary for us to get a chance at 3peating. Tonight the bench and Pau were non-factors early. Step to the plate, Mr. Kobe Bryant. Huge first half. Missed some short jumpers and should have gone to the line at least 3 times as oppossed to missing some of those looks inside in the 2nd.


Which was when Pau and Lamar got into the action with Fisher, Artest and Barnes doing a lot of the little things to make sure we came out on top and kept our perfect season going for another game. Nobody had their best game tonight, but everybody did enough to get the W.


As much as Luke struggled, it was good to see him out there. His instincts were OK, but his timing is off. I think Phil will rotate Caracter and Ebanks through active/inactive status while he examines what Luke can contribute and at what level of activity he can play at.


Kevin Love got great numbers, but he owes Darko a beer for neutralizing Pau. Darko looked like he was trying to justify his big contract even though Stu Lantz said that he doesn't look like someone who loves playing basketball but does it because he's tall. I think that's a smaller factor than the fact that he REALLY handles expectations badly by over playing when simplicity is all that's needed. Same problem Lamar has from time to time, but Lamar always looks like he's having fun and is way better tha Darko. Darko just needs to play like Mark Eaton and share floor time with Love for the T-Wolves to be successful, Beasely can play the 3. He doesn't want to rebound anyway. This Wolves team will make a late season surge, I'm glad we got 'em now.

Jamie Sweet with an excellent analysis. I worry about Kurt pulling them together is the only thing I'd add. Not sure if he and his players are gelling.

Jamie- Great stuff.

Why does anybody pay any attention to the Hollinger ratings? They have been amply demonstrated to have no predictive ability with respect to actual success in the NBA. I think last year, even late in the season he would have predicted the NBA Finals to be between Cleveland and Utah. So it's basically one man's fantasy league. Just sayin' ...

Posted by: 40-year fan | November 10, 2010 at 11:58 AM

From one 40-year fan to another, I completely agree. I just can't believe Hollinger is still at it and that he has any credibility AT ALL. Only with BSPN. I can't remember the last time this guy predicted a winner if at all. What a joke he is to the statistics community. And I am not saying this from a Lakers' fan perspective, even though he will never have Kobe ranked higher than 10th in his PER crap, and the Lakers have seldom held the #1 ranking in his power rankings even though they have been the best team overall for the last three years. The Lakers have been in the number one slot probably less than 10 weeks during that 3 year span (I'm guessing, but I'm probably right).

I mean, just from a bball perspective, he has the Rockets ranked at #8 with a 1-5 record and the Spurs at #13 with a 5-1 record. Yeah, that makes sense. I can't fathom how a 5-3 team can rank #1 in anybody's rankings and ESPECIALLY in a statistic based ranking. PLEASE~!

What a quack

Feel free to call Mr. West "Daddy" because he spanked everyone on the court back, and punished them all again as our beloved GM.


DBDH!

I can't fathom how a 5-3 team can rank #1 in anybody's rankings and ESPECIALLY in a statistic based ranking. Long Live Chick

I think you have to understand the profundity of the ratings system. Apparently, LOSING to a team with a better record is worth more than beating a lesser team. So if the not-so-Heat could only play against the top teams, they would have astronomical ratings even if they lost all their games. Makes perfect sense!

40-year fan - boy, I bet they get the Larry O'Brien if they're swept in the first round, eh?

@Jon K
Yes, Yes, and yes. Someone with money, get this done!

As for last night's game, I thank the Lord once again for the invention of the DVR. Kevin Love is the real deal. I watched a lot of the US games this summer and he was beastly in the short amount of minutes he played.

Thuggets here we come. Are you ready? 9-0 is inevitable.

My music selection for this afternoon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s92--lnQEnM

Conan is still the king of late late!!!!!

That was suppost to be "king of late night!!!!!"
I just got too excited.

@VI Lakerfan – Heat player commentary…hilarious

@frmkt – Kobe in “Jack-a-rama” mode…lol

@JamieSweet - good Laker analysis, but backing Darko is a losing proposition. Stu had it right.

@63 Footer - good breakdown of the Heat. And of course your "panic" theme was well crafted....with extra points for the you know what reference.

LTLF/yellofever - nice sparing match. Not quite main attraction material yet...but its only gm 8 so I can feel it coming.

R.I.P Quentin Dailey. My prayers go out to his family and friends. He was a scoring machine despite his off court challenges.

Good quote by Fish in the Ramona Shelburne article MM posted on the last thread:

"The way we played tonight was irresponsible and it was reckless and it was disrespectful," Fisher said. "I can't get any clearer than that. There was an air of complacency, of arrogance, of 'we don't have to play as hard as the other team to win' that I didn't like tonight."
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Another reason why you can't measure DFish's value by merely reciting stats!

Fish really called out the team over the lackluster effort last night.

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/b6VNv

I like this side of Derek. He commands as much respect as Kobe, maybe more what with his position in the players union. Between DF and KB and Phil, this team has leadership in spades, in addition to the best combination of talent, chemistry and coaching in the league. Could be the GOAT team-wise.

mclyne- Conan is still the king of late late!!!!!

Put the crack pipe down, you must be DREAMING...

Man it's great that Fish called out the Lakers last night. But he was pathetic last night and needs to retire. He is playing next to zero defense.

@2 Phatt
nope, not into drugs.

Let me finish by expressing my love to Jerry West, and my gratitude for the fact he will finally be majorly honored in visibility where he deserves the most.
You Great Man... Thank You.
For everything and Beyond.
For giving me and us Kobe.
For your class and shine.
For your loyalty and inspiration.
Thank you. Wholeheartedly thank you. Catch you tomorrow fam ;) my Milan needs all support now ;) Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | November 10, 2010 at 12:53 PM
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OUT FREAKIN STANDING GODDESS!!! Now go give Milan your support. It's got mine!

Derek Fisher is awesome.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Last night their 2 bigs gave Lamar & Pau fits...they(Wolves) hit their three's and crashed the boards and almost beat us. Last year I thing we lose this game but our bench(especially Barns) was the difference...ugly game for sure but a win!!!

@@@@ Mamba24,ChicNstu,Zaira(The GODDESS),n LRob...

Thanks again for the props,even though it wasn't ccomment of the day,it definately made my day!!Haven't posted in a while so I'm feeling like I made a tomahawk dunk down the lane..........

I'll add this to Zaira's gratitude to "Mr. Clutch"...

Thank you…

For making you and Elgin making basketball relevant in LA
For making us proud win or lose
For 33 in a row and the 72 Title
For giving us Showtime
For Kobe & Shaq
For being Mr. Laker

Thank you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i24u4S925j0

How good was Jerry? He made it on one of Richard Pryor albums, when Rich joked how Jerry would drop 30 in a minute while brothers would be looking silly (of course, that’s the G rated version)

-Kobeayashimarue- I was going to say something similar. I agree.

Well deserved! Jerry West is the king of the NBA and defined Laker basketball!

When do we put up the statue for the greatest Laker of all-time. Kobe(Bean)Bryant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There should only be TWO statues outside Staples...

Magic and Kobe.

ENOUGH SAID.

No Freaking Doubt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

no, not enough said, cause you didn't say why Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Chick Hearn wouldn't be there.

I hope they leave some space for Kobe's statue.

Because Statues should only be reserved for the GOAT's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Chick Hearns-OK- Statue I understand-As a non player!


But don't start with Riley, Jackson, or Kareem-Then it all goes down a slippery slope!

Some of us consider Kareem to be not only a GOAT, but the GOAT, so...

Yes Kareem might be a GOAT as in the Lakers or NBA's greatest center, but he is not GOAT, as in the Lakers Greatest player or NBA's GOAT. That place is only reserved for Magic and Bryant and he is not even finished dismantling the all-time Laker records !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oh yeah? Kareem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!

HA!

"The Captain:"

6× NBA Champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987–1988)
6× NBA Most Valuable Player (1971–1972, 1974, 1976–1977, 1980)
19× NBA All-Star (1970–1977, 1979–1989)
2× NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985)
10× All-NBA First Team (1971–1974, 1976–1977, 1980–1981, 1984, 1986)
5× All-NBA Second Team (1970, 1978–1979, 1983, 1985)
5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974–1975, 1979–1981)
6× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1970–1971, 1976–1978, 1984)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1970)
NBA All-Rookie Team (1970)
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team

Yes, he will have a statue and deserves one followed by Bryant.

Send the Oscar statue to East L.A. and replace it with Jerry West. Oscar is a legendary douche/avg. boxer.

no, not enough said, cause you didn't say why Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Chick Hearn wouldn't be there.

Posted by: phred

OK...forgive me but what does the "GOAT" mean?
Personally I wholly support a statue of Jerry West to join Magic & Chick, and to not add "Kareem" would be a crime against all that is Laker's IMHO.

-Kobeayashimarue- I was going to say something similar. I agree.

Posted by: phred | November 10, 2010 at 03:16 PM

The rest of the league will take notice, like Boston already has in the addition's of the 2 O'Neils...recipe on how to beat the Laker's for sure. Last night's game is where we "really miss AB"...he could have made a difference in the match ups.

"The Captain:"

6× NBA Champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987–1988)
6× NBA Most Valuable Player (1971–1972, 1974, 1976–1977, 1980)
19× NBA All-Star (1970–1977, 1979–1989)
2× NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985)
10× All-NBA First Team (1971–1974, 1976–1977, 1980–1981, 1984, 1986)
5× All-NBA Second Team (1970, 1978–1979, 1983, 1985)
5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974–1975, 1979–1981)
6× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1970–1971, 1976–1978, 1984)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1970)
NBA All-Rookie Team (1970)
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team

Yes, he will have a statue and deserves one followed by Bryant.

Posted by: frmkt | November 10, 2010 at 04:55 PM

Thank you frmkt....ditto!!!!!

Zaira, I'm privileged and honored to make you laugh on that UML (unidentified missile launcher). According to Pentagon, it is not Luke and not a missile but just a jet plane. It is still unknown because they did not identify the jet plane so we are free to make some assumptions. Oh-oh, I will not assume Luke again. lol!

If anyone does not Consider Kareem the greatest Laker center ever ; think again and look at the numbers posted by Robert. He should have had a statue already. I am so glad there is one for Jerry West as he is truely deserving but lets petition for Kareem as the next one; its a long time coming.
And whoever suggested wilt; forget it; Kareem would have never taken himself out of a game 7 against the Celtics with some pathetic injury (I think he wanted to protect his never fouling out record).
Will has numbers but just doesn't rank

The Magic Johnson sculpture is not only cartoonish, the specs in his face and arms are borderline racist. Let's hope Jerry West gets a better sendoff but I'm assuming they will use the same incompetent sculptor.

Check out http://www.benjaminvictor.com

They should use him as the sculptor for pieces at the Staples Center. He's much better with figurative works than this guy


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