Golden State Warriors add Jerry West to executive board
Former Lakers General Manager Jerry West has joined the Golden State Warriors' executive board, a role the team said in a statement will involve him helping out in a "wide-ranging capacity" including basketball operations, business, sponsorship and marketing efforts.
"I’m excited about this opportunity and, quite frankly, humbled that the new ownership group with the Warriors inquired about my interest in joining the organization in this capacity," West said in a statement. "I’ve had the good fortune to work for two wonderful owners, Dr. Jerry Buss [with the Lakers from 1982-2000] and Michael Heisley [with the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002 to 2007], as an executive and I know that you must have a commitment at the top to succeed. I sense that is certainly the case with the Warriors or I would not have made this decision. This role is appealing at this particular time because it will provide me an opportunity to remain close to the game and contribute to an organization in a meaningful, all-encompassing manner."
The Warriors said West will report directly to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and travel to the Bay Area, though West plans to remain living in Los Angeles. West plans to meet with Bay Area media Tuesday. The San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami first reported that West would join the Warriors' front office in what he called a "non-decision-making advisory role," a move Kawakami described as "aggressive" and "surprising." The Warriors are also hiring a new head coach, which has included Lakers assistant coaches Brian Shaw and Chuck Person interviewing for the vacant position, as reported by The Times' Broderick Turner.
“We are elated to add Jerry West and his incredible list of credentials to our Executive Board,” Lacob said in a statement. "His accomplishments in this business as both a player and executive are almost beyond comprehension and certainly well-documented. He’s simply a winner and, quite honestly, you can never have too many of those in your organization."
Photo: Jerry West, left, speaks with Magic Johnson at the Farmers Field announcement in Los Angeles on Feb. 1, 2010. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press