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NBA stars mourn the loss of Jerry West, ‘a basketball genius’

LeBron James joined NBA teams and players saluting Jerry West, who became a star as a Lakers player and later transformed the league as an executive. West died Wednesday morning at the age of 86.

James posted on social media platform X Wednesday morning: “My mentor, My friend! Hopefully I continue to make you proud! You’re already missed!”

Michael Jordan said West was “like an older brother to me” in a statement to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.


The Clippers, the final NBA team that employed West, broke the news of his death.