One of the 50 greatest players and NBA icon Jerry West is penning an autobiography to be released in 12 months. Â It’s will mostly be about his life… (rimshot) I’ll be here all week, try the beef wellington.
“A significant portion of the book, West said, will deal with his relationship with his former African-American teammates and colleagues during the 1950s and turbulent 60s. “My closest friends were black players,” said West, a native of Cabin Creek (or Chelyan) West Virginia, a rural riverside community not far from Charleston. “Maybe it was our (common) backgrounds.” He plans to detail his intense, almost sibling relationship with Baylor, who is four years his senior. West absolutely loves the guy. As he talked about Baylor’s demise with the Clippers early Wednesday evening, the notoriously emotional West had to pause and collect his thoughts. “I really don’t know what’s going on,” he said, “but it doesn’t matter. Elgin and I talk every few weeks. He’s a friend of mine. He will always be a friend of mine.”Â