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Bill Dwyre on Jerry West

This is not directly Clippers related, but after reading this article by Bill Dwyre in the LA Times today, I couldn't help but be jarred by the discrepancy between the Clippers recent performance and this description of Jerry West:

Dwyre quoted Keith Erickson, who was a teammate of West, that "West was the only player he has ever seen who could score 40 points in a game in which his hamstring was torn and he couldn't run."

Jerry West loved the game with passionate intensity.  It was why even his fiercest competitors loved and respected him; why Bill Russell would embrace and commiserate with him after beating the Lakers.  Can you ever imagine West jogging down the court and not trying very hard?  I think he would have rather shot himself in the head. 

How did we ever go from Jerry West to Baron Davis?  Are these guys even playing the same sport?  Are they even part of the same family of man?

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