Sport: No More Tears for Mr. Clutch

At a press conference last fall announcing his appointment as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jerry West wept tears of joy over returning to basketball. "Wait until he sees the Lakers," somebody snickered. Others suggested that West could best help his old team by finding the fountain of youth and coming back as himself, the matchless Mr. Clutch who as a high-scoring guard led the Lakers into the N.B.A. playoffs 14 times in 14 years. The post-West Lakers had been a crying shame, winding up the 1976 season next to last in...

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