Jerry West: 'I never thought I'd work anywhere else again'

Jerry West: 'I never thought I'd work anywhere else again'

Jerry West joined the Warriors in May 2011.

On Monday, he officially joined the Clippers.

During his introductory press conference in Los Angeles, he took some time to praise the Warriors.

"I will say one thing about that team: Forget about how great they are as players, this is without a doubt -- in all my years in my life -- I have never been around a nicer group of people in my life."

The Clippers will pay The Logo between $4 and 5 million annually, according to USA Today Sports' Sam Amick.

West, who turned 79 on May 28, said that his role with the Clippers will be the last "adventure" of his life.

He didn't think it would happen.

"It took me a few days to get over the shock of 'I never thought I'd work anywhere else again,'" West told reporters. "I think sometimes you look in the mirror and you have to say to yourself, 'My goodness, what more is there to do?'

Although West will now be competing against the Warriors, he isn't going to just stop communicating with people who work for Golden State.

"I'll miss Jerry ... I'll still talk to him," Warriors GM Bob Myers said on Monday afternoon. "So it's not as if he was here and now I can't see him or talk to him. So that makes me feel good.

"For him, it's a great new challenge ... his presence, his personality, his competitiveness, his passion -- for those that know him or have been around him -- it's unique."

"I love challenges, I love to do it behind the scenes, I love to be involved with people who love to win."

West has done a whole lot of winning in his life, and in order to win another championship, he'' have to go through the Warriors to get there.

A challenge indeed...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

When rumors around Andrew Bogut's potential return to the Warriors began to circulate, many people were caught entirely off guard.

But it wasn't just fans and analysts who were surprised the 2005 No. 1 overall pick would be returning to help his former team capture another title. 

Bogut's agent apparently had no idea the veteran center and the Warriors had been discussing a return to the Bay Area.

“Funny enough, my agent didn’t even know,” Bogut told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. “I told my agent, ‘Hey I’m talking to the Warriors,’ and he was like, ‘What the f***? Do they know I’m your agent? Why don’t they call me?’”

The 34-year-old last played for the Warriors during the 2015-16 season and has been out of the NBA since January of 2018.

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In the four games since his return to the two-time defending champions, Bogut is averaging 5.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while looking slimmer and more athletic, something he attributes to drinking more beer and having a less rigorous schedule while being back home in Australia. 

The unexpected reunion has been a success so far. Perhaps when Bogut officially hangs up his sneakers he can start a second career as an agent.

It's worked out so far.

Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets


Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

Blazers starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a horrible, horrible injury during Monday night's game against the Nets.

If you watched it live or have watched a replay, you know how brutal it was. If you haven't watched the video, DON'T.

Just think Gordon Hayward, Kevin Ware, Paul George and Shaun Livingston.

It was that bad.

Shortly after midnight, the Blazers announced that Nurkic suffered a compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula, and that there is no timetable for his return.

Nurkic was having a monster game at the time of the injury, dropping in 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Nets in double overtime, but neither matters at this point.

Losing Nurkic is another huge blow for the Blazers, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference. They are already playing without shooting guard CJ McCollum, who strained his popliteus muscle in his left knee.

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins was among the current and former players to send their thoughts and prayers to Nurkic.