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Pictures: Jerry West statue unveiling

Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:44 am
Edited on: February 18, 2011 7:06 pm
 
A statue for Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West was unveiled at Staples Center on Thursday. Posted by Ben Golliver.

During a ceremony on Thursday afternoon, a statue of legendary Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West was unveiled outside of the Staples Center.  The ceremony last for more than an hour, and included statements from NBA commissioner David Stern, legendary Boston Celtics center Bill Russell, legendary Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hall of Fame center Bill Walton, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, Lakers owner Jerry Buss and appearances from Lakers great Magic Johnson, Lakers big man Pau Gasol, former Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis and Miami Heat president Pat Riley.  
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In typical L.A. fashion, fans and many media members were cordoned off from the ceremony and VIP seating areas. To accommodate hundreds of interested Lakers fans, many of whom showed up in West or other Lakers jerseys, the presentation was televised on a giant monitor on the side of the Staples Center. Lakers founds loudly cheered for the current and former Laker greats; some even booed Russell, who was given the President Medal of Freedom this week, when he was first introduced. (Later, when Rusesll rose to speak on West's behalf, he received polite applause.)

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After everyone - and I mean everyone - had a chance to honor West with personal vignettes and tributes to his importance as a player, executive and man, a curtain was dropped to reveal the statue, which shows West attacking off the dribble, in a pose similar to the NBA's logo.
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The statue, which organizers say weighs 1,500 pounds and stands almost 14 feet tall, joins similar statues previously dedicated to Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, Chick Hearn and Oscar De La Hoya.
Comments

Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Pictures: Jerry West statue unveiling

When Are They Going To Put A Statue up of Their Greatest Laker (Fletch) in L.A.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Pictures: Jerry West statue unveiling

"kareem was/is a ninny"
Dude, this needs to end.  He ate the fish and got sick, but so did almost everybody else on the plain.  You can't blame him for the rest of your life, sooner or later you'll have to move on.



Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Pictures: Jerry West statue unveiling

Well said.  Jerry West is the embodiment of what a great person should be.  Magic was a great player, and so is Kobe, but their personal lives were a disaster and in no way should they be admired or respected as people.  I agree with the Sports Guy in that kareem was/is a ninny



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Pictures: Jerry West statue unveiling

Talk about classy people in LALA land: booing the greatest winner of all time in the NBA, Bill Russell.L.A. is still haunted by his presence no doubt and they probably think he might come back to add another title to his list.



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:23 am
 

Pictures: Jerry West statue unveiling

I've met him and he is the definition of class. Difficult if not nearly impossible in LA.



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Pictures: Jerry West statue unveiling

Abount time. He is greatest Laker of all time. Not just because of how great a player he was. His role and record as GM of the Lakers added to what he did as player makes him the grestest. Why it took this long made no sense. SHould have happen years ago. Congrats to a great player, GM and man. One anyone should hold up a role model. They don't make then like Jerry West anymore.


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