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Jerry West to appear on Fox Sports West during Lakers Live pre-game show

Former Lakers player and general manager Jerry West will certainly have plenty to talk about when he appears on Fox Sports West's pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. There's the Northern Trust Open he's promoting, talk surrounding the NBA All-Star game, the unveiling of his statue during All-Star weekend and of course, the state of the Lakers.

West made headlines recently when he questioned the Lakers' defense and age at the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association luncheon.

“I don’t think the Lakers will be good for much longer, ” West said, according to a report in the Orange County Register. "You can keep a car running for a long time by changing the tires, etc. You can’t change a player’s tires ... "If there’s a loose ball now, how often do they get it?" "The reason you ‘can’t play defense’ is because you can’t!"

--Mark Medina

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Jerry West is a genius!

The fact is that we have the SOFTEST POWER-forward to ever play the game. Yet he may be the most skilled, the position demands something else. We have been able to hide his lack of dexterity with the inspired play by Ariza and Artest, the will of Kobe, the size of Bynum, the leadership of Fisher, and a bench led by Lamar. Those players aren't over-achieving this year, therefore we need Pau to play the position as it's intended to be played, but he CAN'T. We need a POWER-forward to every now and then take a HARD foul, dive to the floor, PROTECT the lane, get MEANINGFUL fouls, and play with the strength of a Roman column. For this team, the way it's built now, we need to make a change starting with Pau.

Pau and Artest for: (in the order of merit)

Aldridge and Batum (portland)
Noah and Deng (Chicago)
West and Ariza (New Orleans)
Granger and Collison (indiana)
Love and Wesley Johnson (minnesota)


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