Michael Jordan Honors NBA Icon Jerry West In Wake Of His Passing


The basketball world is in mourning following the passing of Jerry West, an NBA legend whose impact on the sport is immeasurable. Among the many voices paying tribute is Michael Jordan, a figure synonymous with greatness in the realm of basketball. Jordan’s heartfelt statement not only honors West’s memory but also reflects on the profound influence West had on his own life and career.

In a poignant message, Jordan expressed his deep sadness at the news of Jerry West’s passing, describing him as a friend, mentor, and akin to an older brother.


“I am so deeply saddened at the news of Jerry’s passing. He was truly a friend and a mentor, like an older brother to me. I valued his friendship and knowledge. I always wished I could’ve played against him as a competitor, but the more I came to know him, I wish I had been his teammate. I admired his basketball insights, and he and I shared many similarities in how we approached the game. He will be forever missed. My condolences to his wife Karen and his sons. RIP Logo.”



This sentiment echoes the feelings of loss and respect that are being felt across the NBA community.

Jordan’s admiration for West’s basketball insights and approach to the game was evident. The mutual respect between these two titans of basketball is a testament to their shared dedication to excellence.

West’s legendary status is not only due to his on-court prowess but also his significant contributions as an executive. His silhouette famously adorns the NBA logo, a fitting tribute to a man who was a champion as a player and an executive, earning numerous accolades including 14 All-Star Game berths, 10 first-team All-NBA selections, and two NBA Executive of the Year awards.

As the basketball world continues to pay its respects, it’s clear that Jerry West’s influence will live on through the players, coaches, and fans whose lives he touched. Michael Jordan’s tribute is a powerful reminder of the bonds formed through the love of the game and the respect among its greatest players.

Jerry West will be posthumously enshrined as a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer for the third time this Fall, honoring his work as an executive with a contributor nod. His first induction was as a player in 1979 and then as a member of the gold-medal-winning 1960 U.S. Olympic team in 2010. This upcoming honor serves as a fitting capstone to a remarkable career that has left an indelible mark on the sport of basketball.

As we bid farewell to a true icon, we reflect on the words of Michael Jordan and the countless others who found in Jerry West a source of inspiration, guidance, and friendship. His legacy will continue to shape the future of basketball, just as it has shaped its past. Rest in peace, Jerry West, and thank you for the memories.

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