This is a great interview with Lakers legend, Jerry West.
Legendary names like Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Kevin McHale, Elgin Baylor, and Larry Bird have all failed miserably as general managers. Meanwhile, guys like Rod Thorn, Donnie Walsh, Kevin O’Connor, Danny Ainge, and RC Buford have done great jobs. The only successful general manager in today’s game that was a really good player is Joe Dumars. West may be the best general manager of all time. He was able to make trades that led to Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kobe Bryant and also worked the cap to perfection in order to sign Shaq to a free agent deal. He even managed to get the Memphis Grizzlies into the playoffs twice. Since he’s left, they’re irrelevant again.
Jerry West joined The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday to talk March Madness and hoops in general. I know I’m showing my age, but when Jerry West talks hoops, it’s like EF Hutton, everyone listens.
On if he’s ever gotten over losing in the NCAA Championship game:
“Not really. That was probably one of the biggest disappointments I’ve ever had in my life. I clearly thought we were going to win that game. I personally had foul problems in that game.”
Did you enjoy your winning more than you hated your losing?
“Well, no, to be honest with you. Everyone competes at a different level of course and I think everyone’s mind is wired differently. I just hated losing and it was probably one of the things that was most detrimental to me…to get over losses.”