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Jerry West Calls Out The Lakers For Revoking His Lifetime Season Tickets: "No One Had The Nerve To Call Me, But That’s How Petty They Are"

Jerry West Calls Out The Lakers For Revoking His Lifetime Season Tickets: "No One Had The Nerve To Call Me, But That’s How Petty They Are"

The man on the NBA logo, Jerry West is one of the biggest legends in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers. As a player, West was undisputedly great bringing a championship to the Lakers and making the All-NBA First Team 10 times. It wasn't just what he did on the court that made him a legend though, it was his work as an executive that accounted for the Showtime Lakers of the 80s and the Kobe-Shaq Lakers in the early 2000s. 

The storied history of basketball's most famous franchise has been written in large part thanks to the actions of West, and one of the perks of his influence on the franchise was that he had season tickets to watch the Lakers play for life. However, despite the late Jerry Buss making this promise to West, Jerry revealed to The Athletic that the organization recently coldly revoked the privileges.

“It was a cold phone text to my wife,” West said. “No one had the nerve to call me, but that’s how petty they are, OK? And I love the Lakers, OK? I love to see them do well. It’s great for basketball. I’m proud of everything that happened when I was there. I’m proud of everything that happened when I wasn’t there — the positives.”

While he reaffirmed his love for the Lakers there, it's evident that there is very little love lost between the current owner Jeanie Buss and West. The relationship has seemingly soured after West helped the Golden State Warriors build their championship in recent times before being crucial to the Los Angeles Clippers landing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. 

The Lakers were reportedly very interested in bringing Kawhi in and the added fact that the Clippers are their direct rivals in Los Angeles must have contributed to the increased animosity. In any case, Jerry West's name will always remain synonymous with the Los Angeles Lakers for everything he has achieved, even if he likely won't be seen at too many of their games supporting them after this snub.