Nation Giveaway: Jerry West’s Autobiography, ‘West by West’

West by West, by Jerry West

Since we can’t give you game recaps (yet) and we refuse to write redundant labor meeting updates every day, we have a much better idea: GIVEAWAYS!

Our first giveaway –the Fruitless Meeting Award – goes to the NBA/NBPA for their extraordinary performance throughout the labor negotiations. We continue to be impressed by their ability to spend almost 100 hours in the same room, yet accomplish absolutely nothing. Not many of us could even dream of such inefficiency, yet they make it seem so effortless. Congratulations, guys! True professionals. Well done.

Hostility Sarcasm aside, last week, Jerry West released his autobiography, West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life (you can read our review here). We have two (2) copies to give away to you, and two different ways you can win:

(a) Watch this week’s VOTN: Fastbreak for your first chance to win!
(b) Comment below and tell us how you remember Jerry West’s career with the Lakers.

We’ll select the winners next week! Stay tuned.

Jason Riley is the executive director of LakerNation.com. He also pens a regular opinion column, Out of Bounds, and is the co-host of Voice of the Nation: Fastbreak. He currently splits his time in Los Angeles, CA and Carlsbad, CA.
  • Ajay Virk

    I never I got to watch Jerry West but the way I remember jerry west is when he put his finger prints on the Laker dynasty back in 2000,2001,2002 when before the three peat he was the one that signed Shaq, Kobe, & Phil Jackson

  • Osanna

    I never saw Jerry West play, but I’ve seen lots of highlights, and my favorite is his game-tying half-court shot in the 1970 Finals. It was a truly amazing shot for Mr. Clutch!

  • Dubos117

    Im one of the many lakers fans that never saw Jerry West play but the respect that the league as a whole, including players past and present, has for him is overwhelming. The Lakers proud history can be atrributed to players like Jerry West who wore the jersey with pride and continued to strive to win whilst playing in one of the NBA’s toughest eras.

  • Wes

    As a young kid in LA loving the Lakers.  My dad and I waited for any Laker to surface from the locker room for signatures.  After waiting for about nearly 1 1/2 hours Jerry West emerged.  I was only 1 of 2 kids waiting for a glimpse an autograph from one of the Lakers. The other kid asked Jerry how he could improve his game and to my genuine surprise Mr. West answered him and spent more than a few minutes explaining his personal routine as a youngster by throing up hundreds of shots a day and spending hours dribblng the ball and going through passing drills.  He was VERY patent with this overweight kid whom I thought at the time had no skills but Mr. West took the time before leaving in his Gold Lincoln Continental.  Mr Jerry West impressed me that day with his kindness and sincerity.  A true legend even off the court.  What a class act !!!

  • Chefjjordan

    I am from Morgantown, WV. I grew up gazing at Mr. Wests purple velvet jersey behind glass at The Colliseum in Morgantown. I can understand everything he says about leaving WV as I have myself. The sad but true story about the coal industry in my beloved state. As I was born the year of his hall of fame induction, I have no recollection of his pro career aside from what I read and see via internet. He truly has the sweetest jump shot of all time..What I can tell you is that he has helped many students at WVU and elsewhere that would not have had the chance to go to college. For that I tip my cap to Mr. Jerry West.

  • HavasuJorge

    As a life long Laker fan, I have always considered Jerry West the most important Laker ever. I remember meeting West at an UNLV basketball game in the early 90′s. He was as kind as one could be towards a kid who was asking for his autograph in middle of a game.  But, the thing I will remember most about West and his career is that he really was what we want out of our athletes. Winning was the most important thing to him. He never cared about the spotlight or the credit.  He wanted to win above everything else. The pain of losing outweighed the joy of winning. This was evident not only in the lack of joy in winning a Finals MVP in a losing effort, but in the pain he felt as a GM whenever the Lakers lost. It is his desire to win above everything else that I admire the most and will always remember Jerry for not only as a player, but as a GM as well.

  • Terrysdavis1

    I was born in 81 so I “only” remember him as a GM and not a player. Wait Wait the fact that I wrote “only” is the stupidest thing ever. He was more valuable to the Lakers as a GM than he was as a player…..AND HE WAS A HALL OF FAME PLAYER. How awesome is that, He won two rings as a player. Had  a short stint as coach.

    However the man who the NBA logo was molded after. Was responsible or involved in the 5 most important moves the Lakers have made during my lifetime.

    1. Magic being Drafted ( he was just a scout for the team then and Magic was a lock for a number 1 pick….but Jerry had his hand in it…..oh yeah Jerry was a scout too…is their any Laker job he hasn’t done?).

    2. Kobe being traded for ( Can’t explain how big your lower Guts have to be to trade a top 10 center for a High-school guard. By the way all you people who hated the idea of trading Carmelo for Bynum Vlade for Kobe is always my answer. oh and by the by the way Vlade was one of the first sucessful NBA players from overseas picked by….THE LOGO)

    3. Shaq Being picked up in Free agency (Maybe Shaq comes without West’s involvement but West was the man who made it happen so he gets the credit)

    4. Worthy Being Drafted ( West expertly traded Norm to the clips to get this Pick…SORRY NORM)

    5. Drafted Pau Gasol & may or may not been involved in making sure Pau became a laker (Prove West didn’t make that trade happen….I will die thinking West engenired the Pau trade it had Jerry written all over it)

    I tell people all the Time…..Magic was and is EVERY-BODIES favorite Laker…..Kareem is the most underrated Laker….Kobe is the Best Laker….but WEST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LAKER EVER. Player, Coach, GM, scout, ball boy, jumbo-tron operator (okay two of those are fake) all at a high level all with style.

  • Ericzone

    One of the bestlakers all around and an icon for all. Jerry west not only defined winning by playing but also leading the franchise to championships. An incredible humanitarian and a true role model on and off the court.

  • 1jessiemaritnez

    I remember Jerry West retroactively, looking at his career with the Lakers, as a player, coach, and a general manager.  Looking back at the basketball career of the man known as “Mr. Clutch” and “The Logo,” West embodied the many traits that Lakers players that would follow him carry.  Magic Johnson had the leadership of West, Kareem Abdul Jabbar took from West the quiet superstar status that he was known for, and Kobe Bryant embraced the clutchness of West when the the game was on the line.  These Lakers understood the the influence of Jerry West.  Lakers fans should too.

  • 1jessiemartinez

    I remember Jerry West retroactively, looking at his career with the Lakers, as a player, coach, and a general manager.  Looking back at the basketball career of the man known as “Mr. Clutch” and “The Logo,” West embodied the many traits that Lakers players that would follow him carry.  Magic Johnson had the leadership of West, Kareem Abdul Jabbar took from West the quiet superstar status that he was known for, and Kobe Bryant embraced the clutchness of West when the the game was on the line.  These Lakers understood the the influence of Jerry West.  Lakers fans should too.