West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life

November 17, 2011

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Santa Monica


NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West
Interviewed by Jim Gray



Jerry West
Basketball great Jerry West talks about his highs and lows during a discussion of his autobiography with
sportscaster Jim Gray.
He is one of basketball's towering figures. Now, for the first time, Jerry West tells his own story in a compelling new autobiography that is unsparing in its self-assessment and honesty.

"West by West" chronicles his journey from a tough upbringing in the mining town of Chelyan, West Virginia, all the way to the NCAA Finals, the top of the Olympic podium and the NBA championships. West candidly reveals the personal adversity he has faced along the way, including physical abuse, the death of a brother and his ongoing battle with depression.

In this special Milken Institute Forum, acclaimed sportscaster Jim Gray interviewed West about his remarkable life on and off the court, including his 40-year career with the Lakers. "Mr. Clutch" recounted the highlights of his storied 14-year playing career and how as general manager, he guided the Lakers through one of the greatest decades in sports history.

Jerry West was a 14-time NBA All-Star. During his brilliant career with the Lakers, he led the team in scoring seven times and becoming only the third player in league history to surpass the 25,000-point plateau. During his 19-year stint as both general manager and executive vice president, the Lakers captured four NBA championships and made eight trips to the NBA Finals. West attended West Virginia University, where he was a two-time All-American, and co-captained the gold medal-winning 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team.

Jim Gray has been a network television and national cable sportscaster since 1983. His career highlights include live TV or radio broadcasts of nine Olympic Games, 21 Super Bowls, nine World Series, 19 NBA Finals, 13 NCAA Final Fours, 20 Master's tournaments and hundreds of championship boxing matches. The recipient of 11 national Emmys for journalism and reporting, Gray has interviewed every U.S. president since Richard Nixon.