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After fourteen years of playing of the team, West rejoined the Lakers as coach for three seasons between 1976 and 1982. He led the team to the playoffs each season.
West, wearing a patterned blazer, with Jack McCloskey, left, look out onto the court as the game progresses. After fourteen years of playing for the team, West rejoined the Lakers as coach for three seasons between 1976 and 1982. He led the team to the playoffs each season.
Coach Roy Williams is in the back row.  Jerry West is wearing jersey number 12 and is  seated in the front row.
Jerry West led the East Bank High School basketball team to its first ever state championship victory as its starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.West was born in Cheylan, W. Va. in 1938. After high school, he went on to play basketball for West Virginia University and then rose to fame as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before becoming a basketball coach and manager.