New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Co., 2012, c2011
1st Back Bay pbk. edDescription:
xiii, 338 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm ISBN/ISSN:
9780316053501, 0316053503, 0316053503 :, Language:
"Originally published in hardcover by Little, Brown and Company, October 2011"--T.p. verso
"He is one of basketball's towering figures: "Mr. Clutch," who mesmerized his opponents and fans. The coach who began the Lakers' resurgence in the 1970s. The general manager who helped bring "Showtime" to Los Angeles, creating a championship-winning force that continues to this day. Now, for the first time, the legendary Jerry West tells his story-from his tough childhood in West Virginia, to his unbelievable college success at West Virginia University, his 40-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his relationships with NBA legends like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant. Unsparing in its self-assessment and honesty, WEST BY WEST is far more than a sports memoir: it is a profound confession and a magnificent inspiration"--Provided by publisher
Prologue -- Climbing up from the abyss -- Venturing forth -- Willie, Ann, and the clamor for "heroes" -- Drawing the curtain -- What a time it was -- Kobe, Shaquille, and the summer of 1996 -- Wilt and my urge to disappear -- The dark spot in the wood -- Rebirth and the difficulty of becoming Elvis -- The ride to Rancho Santa Fe, 11/17/08 -- Self-recrimination -- Dream game -- Seeking David -- Epilogue -- Afterword -- Miscellany. What by body says ; My playing career in numbers
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