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Basketball Great Jerry West, the Face of the NBA Logo, Dies at 86.

The NBA has never affirmed the most horrendously terrible kept secret in a ball, that Jerry West is the player whose outline is portrayed in the association’s logo. There’s presumably a justification for that: West never needed to be the logo. “I’m simply an aspect of the game,” West said in a 2021 meeting. “I never needed to be anything else than that. I’m very lucky to have had the existence that I’ve had, and that is enough for me.” His was a daily existence like not many others: an NBA and Olympic hero as a player, a boss as a chief, and somebody who chose to be revered by the Naismith Remembrance B-ball Corridor of Distinction not once, not two times, but rather multiple times.

West kicked the bucket on Wednesday at age 86, the Los Angeles Trimmers declared. “We might dare to dream there is somebody we meet during a critical time in our lives that will change you in manners you could dream about,” said Miami Intensity President Pat Riley, who played with and worked with West during their time together as Los Angeles Lakers. “Jerry was that individual for me.” West, nicknamed “Mr. Grasp” for his late-game endeavors as a player, went into the Lobby of Notoriety as a player in 1980 and again as an individual from the gold decoration-winning 1960 U.S. Olympic Group in 2010. He will be revered for a third time frame not long from now as a donor, and NBA Magistrate Adam Silver referred to West as “perhaps of the best leaders in sports history.”