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Jerry West, NBA legend, Dies at age 86

"The logo" played 14 years for the Los Angeles Lakers before going on to a highly successful coaching and management career.

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The NBA suffered a loss this week with the passing of Hall of Famer Jerry West, at the age of 86.

The news of Jerry Wests passing was shared by Shams Charania, a known NBA journalist from The Athletic and Stadium on Wednesday morning. Chris Haynes, another NBA insider from TNT and Bleacher Report mentioned that Wests wife Karen was by his side during his moments.

Jerry West had a career both as a player and a manager. He achieved feats such as being the player to win an NBA Finals MVP despite losing the series and later securing a championship in 1972. Throughout his career he participated in 14 All Star games earned selections to 12 All NBA teams (10 teams and two Second teams) made appearances on five Defensive teams (four First teams and one Second team) clinched the scoring title in 1970 and topped the league in assists in 1972.

One of Jerry Wests lasting legacies is being immortalized as the inspiration behind the NBA logo, created by Alan Siegel in 1969. This iconic recognition cements his place, in NBA history.

His jersey was retired by both the Los Angeles Lakers in 1983 and his alma mater, the West Virginia Mountaineers in 2005 marking him as the player, from WVU to receive recognition. West has also been commemorated during the NBAs 50th and 75th anniversaries solidifying his lasting impact.

Known as “Mr. Clutch ” he found success in the Olympics well. He was part of the 1960 Mens Olympic basketball team that clinched a gold medal and was collectively honored in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Transitioning from player to executive this former basketball star achieved success off court. Overseeing eight championship winning teams starting from the 1980 Los Angeles Lakers to concluding with the Golden State Warriors in 2017. During his tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers he encountered challenges tied to Kawhi Leonards recruitment to the team.

Jerry West is survived by his wife Karen and their children David, Mark, Michael, Ryan and Jonnie.

Vaulted Mag sends its sincerest condolences to his family, friends, loved ones, and all who are associated with the NBA and have been impacted by this loss.