Michael Jordan Honors Jerry West

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Early Wednesday morning, we shared the heartbreaking news that West Virginia native and WVU legend JERRY WEST passed away at the age of 86.

Several notable people in the basketball community released statements. Michael Jordan, considered the greatest basketball players in the history of the game, honored West with the following statement:

“I am so deeply saddened at the news of Jerry’s passing. He was truly a friend and mentor, like an older brother to me,” Jordan’s statement said. “I valued his friendship and knowledge. I always wished I could have 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 to how we approached the game. He will be forever missed! My condolences to his wife, Karen, and his sons. RIP, Logo.”

Current Boston Celtics head coach and former WVU point guard Joe Mazzulla spoke to the media and discussed what Jerry West meant to him: “He had a tough way of showing that he loved you, but he was super, super competitive and he really, really cared about you.”

See Mazzulla’s full statement below:


West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and WVU’s director of athletics, Wren Baker, also shared their thoughts about West:

Gee had the following to say: “As the basketball world mourns the man known simply as “the logo”, I join all West Virginians and members of the West Virginia University family in remembering a true legend. There will never be another Jerry West.”

Baker added, “Jerry West came from humble West Virginia roots and went on to have one of the most legendary careers in sports history. His impact on WVU, West Virginia and the sport of basketball all over the world is immeasurable. Our thoughts and prayers are with the West family. Mountaineers everywhere mourn his passing while celebrating an extraordinarily well-lived life.”