We all know Jerry West "The Logo" and what he has done in the past as an advisor if you don't let me give you a quick run down. He's an 8-time Champion as an executive, built the Lakers show time dynasty. Signed Shaq and made the big trade for Kobe Bryant with the Hornets for an established and successful Center, Vlade Divac. Moved on to the Grizz and got then into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Built this Warriors' dynasty by drafting Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
The news comes on the eve before the official announcement of the Clippers big move to a new location. Also interesting is the location in which they chose to move, Inglewood. The city that housed the Showtime Lakers and still to this day the Great Western Forum stands. Though it will go for a vote by the new city, it is very likely they will have a new arena within the next 5 years along with a new strong roster built for the next 10 years at the hands of the "eye for talent" Jerry West.
“For me, life is about passion. Life is about being around people you want to be around,” West said. “In my meeting with Steve and Dennis Wong, they were great.
“I think [Ballmer] is going to be one of the great owners that this league has. For a man who has had enormous success, you would never know if you’re around him, unless you knew. He’s just down to earth.”
West met with Ballmer, Wong and Rivers, who is also the team’s president of basketball operations, on May 30 at the Clippers’ practice facility in Playa Vista.
West said he came away impressed with their vision. He liked the front office that’s spearheaded by Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ executive vice president of basketball operations.
“The connection I made with the Clippers, immediately I felt great after that meeting,” West said. “From Doc and Lawrence and the rest of the basketball people, I just felt great.”
He was the mastermind of the Los Angeles Lakers, but now he will be with the Clippers organization.
“People will ask questions about the Lakers,” West said. “I don’t really have anything to say about the Lakers. I don’t. I’m not going to say anything derogatory about the Lakers. This is not about me being in competition with the Lakers.
“It’s about me wanting to try to see if I can help make a difference with the people the Clippers have in place. I’m not going to be the out-front person.”
The Clippers will be in great hands. They were in contention, not a big threat, but with so many Free Agents, options and current roster talent the possibilities are practically endless. Adding Jerry West to the mix and a new Home, expect the Clippers to finally reach the conference finals at the very least and maybe reach the Finals.