Posted by Matt Moore
After Jerry West walked away from the Grizzlies after years as an adviser after a successful stint as GM, Jerry West has maintained that he's through with official roles in basketball. That stance has apparently changed as West has agreed to join the Golden State Warriors in an advisory role. From the Mercury News:
Jerry West, one of the most respected executives in NBA history, has agreed to join the Warriors front office in a non-decision-making, advisory role, multiple NBA sources confirmed tonight.via Jerry West set to join Warriors front office, according to multiple NBA sources | Talking Points.
An announcement is expected within a few days.
West’s exact title has not yet been formalized, but he is expected to be reporting to co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and possibly act as a sounding board in many areas.
West has helped make two franchises into playoff teams at least, so adding him to the Warriors is an indication that Lacob is serious about doing what it takes to make the team legit. It's an interesting group of individuals being ammassed in the collective at the top of the ladder for Golden State as West joins General Manager Riley and former agent Bob Myers. But with roles clearly defined, it just means more brain power for a team that badly needs some coordination at the top as it works to reconfigure the roster to a more defensive squad.
Update: From the Warriors' presser on the announcement:
“I’m really pleased that we were able to add someone the caliber of Jerry West to our organization,” said Warriors’ Co-Owner Peter Guber. “He has earned great respect in all circles, including the entire entertainment field, and his business savvy will serve us well and prove invaluable. Overall, his career has been nothing short of remarkable and his name alone has become synonymous with winning and success. I could sense his love for the game and tremendous passion during our meetings in recent weeks and I think his attitude will be infectious. He will be a tremendous resource for us in this particular role and it is also a position that suits Jerry very well at this stage of his life.”
“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,” said West. “I’ve had the good fortune to work for two wonderful owners, Dr. Jerry Buss and Michael Heisley, 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. It had to be the right situation with the right group of people and this opportunity certainly meets those criteria. I’ve been extremely impressed with Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and the members of the Basketball Operations staff during our conversations and I’m looking forward to working with them and other members of the Warriors’ organization as we move forward.”