As a parent, Jerry West encountered various high and low life phases from his children's right and wrongdoings. While one of his sons faced some criminal charges, the other always held his head high.
Former Basketball Player Jerry West is acknowledged for his four decades of playing and mentoring career for the NBA’s top team, Los Angeles Lakers. He also has a road named Jerry West Boulevard, outside of the West Virginia University Coliseum honored by the city of Morgantown, West Virginia, and West Virginia Governor Cecil Underwood.
Married Twice; Know About His Sons
Jerry West got married for the first time in April 1960 in Morgantown with his college sweetheart, Martha Jane Kane. In their married of 16 years, Jerry and Martha welcomed three sons named David, Mark, and Michael.
But they ended their married life in 1976. Two years after his divorce, he shared wedding vows with Karen Bua in 1978, and the couple is rejoicing their 40 years of together. Jerry has two sons named Ryan and Jonnie from his marriage with Karen.
Jerry’s son, Michael Jerry West, 20, was sentenced jail for a year on 20 July 2012 for burglarizing the home of a 90-year-old senior woman in April 1981. The Superior Court Judge, Leslie Light fined Michael $1,000 and ordered three years punishment.
Talking about his other children, his son, Ryan West, who is an LA scout, has always admired and thought of having the most profound connection with his father. Ryan attended the ceremony when NBA Illuminati gaze at the bronze statue of Jerry outside the Staples Center in L.A. on 17 February 2011. Ryan has also worked as the Director of Player Personnel of the L.A. Lakers.
His another son, Jonnie played guard for West's college team, the West Virginia Mountaineers. He was also the caddie of famous Basketball star, Stephen Curry in mid-2017. Curry had asked Jonnie about the techniques to hit a chunk-and-run shot to which he replied that he had no clue.
Jerry’s Wife Had Issue With His Biography
His wife, Karen had an issue with American Sportswriter Roland Lazenby on her husband's biography titled Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon in 2010. The final chapter of the book talks about Jerry's managerial work for the Los Angeles Lakers between the 1980s and 90s.
Karen issue was with Roland when he wrote that the former Basketball player, Magic Johnson was HIV positive and admitted of sleeping with 300-500 people a year under Jerry’s team management. She also accused the writer that if Jerry had known about Magic's and off-field banter, he would have stopped it from happening.
What Is Jerry West’s Net Worth?
Jerry summoned a staggering net worth of $55 million from his former Basketball playing to his coaching career since 1964. He added a remunerative salary, playing with NBA’s team, the Los Angeles Lakers for 14 years from 1960 until 1974.
Speaking of his career stats, Jerry played 932 games with 47.4% field goal and 81.4% field throw records. He also has a total win share of 162.6.
Two years after getting retired, Jerry coached LA Lakers in 1976. The LA Lakers paid Jerry a yearly salary of $4 to $5 million for his role as a consultant to lead the team.
Jerry had also attended the 2016 NBA final between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors and was photographed chatting with the Basketball player, Seth Curry.
Jerry West with Seth Curry at the finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on 13 June 2016 in California (Photo: Grettyimages.com)
Jerry played and mentored Los Angeles Laker for 40 astonishing years. The most successful player and the executive of the team retired at the age of 80 on 7 August 2018. Jerry penned an emotional letter to his supporters and talked about the happy and challenging time of his exit from the team. He described that he entered a prominent phase of his life considering his age to relish time with his family and friends.
Battled Depression When He Was Young
The Legendary Basketball player was raised among his five other siblings by his parents, Howard Stewart West and Cecil Sue West. His father, Howard was a coal mine electrician while his mother performed household activities.
Jerry’s early childhood was not comfortable. He battled depression at a young age from his abusive father. He also published a memoir West by West in 2011 to talk about his father, who made him feel tormented and worthless. The veteran player revealed about his younger days filled with anger rage because of his cruel dad.
Jerry was close to his elder brother, David, who died in a Korean War at the age of 12.
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The Retired Basketball Player was born on 28 May 1938 in Chelyan, West Virginia as per wiki. Jerry stands at the height of 1.88 m (6’ 2”), and his birth sign is Gemini.
The former player attended East Bank High School and completed his graduation in 1956. He then went to West Virginia University (WVU) to pursue his further education.