Interview: Jerry West Stunned by Kobe Bryant’s Death; Devastated by News

Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West reacts to the news of Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash at age 41. West also describes how it wasn’t just his talents on the court, but how great he was off the court that made him so special (ABC/ESPN).

Jerry West is an American basketball executive and former player, who played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960 to 1974 and as coach for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1976 to 1979.

Jerry West initiated the foundation of the Lakers three-peat NBA titles from 2000 to 2002 when he traded Vlade Divac for the draft rights to Kobe Bryant, signed free agent center Shaquille O’Neal, and signed six-time NBA champion Phil Jackson as a coach.

Thumbnail photo of Kobe Bryant by Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA (CC BY-SA 2.0 Wikipedia).