5.26: Chronicle Live -- Andy Dolich & Bruce Jenkins
CSN Bay Area sports business columnist Andy village wrote about Jerry West the man who He knows very well. There were together in front office with the Memphis Grizzlies and yes even longer history than that with him and He joins us now. Bruce Jenkins is mad about basketball it's got its linemen -- -- honestly. We'll talk in basketball bruised the book the book on Pete Newell and and don't always talk about Jerry West I've always equated those two people who were injured list. Yeah -- will they go back a long way Pete coach Jerry in the Olympic team in 1960 actually touch area just sticking around -- Jerry didn't think He was gonna make the team and He does Jerry's pretty sensitive and he's walking the streets in Denver all morose and I'm I'm done what I'm going home and pizza you know you you might wanna stick around and play with Oscar Robertson and. Not a bad idea on that great down okay form yeah dream team before there was marketing before -- was Andrea talk about the six degrees of separation Kevin Bacon about a six degrees of -- know you guys through the -- near column I thought getting back your questions now a part of them. Golden State Warriors. You said the most competitive individual. From Henderson. Been in a lot of sports with a lot of people and the reason I think Jerry took this opportunity. Is He wants to be in the action and He sees that they have enough pieces that they can get there -- days. It's all about the players. But He wants to be in the coaching decision He wants to be in the player personnel decisions he's a gym rat. He told me about Monta Ellis when He was a sophomore Lanier high school and Jackson Mississippi that this kid's going to be -- player. That's scooter rider that is going to be if you look at where and He He does have this passion He wants to be and I think. They should give area as much free range and they've bought the most incredible insurance policy -- next -- and you definitely have to give. Joseph and Peter a lot of credit for doing my my sense is that they will give him a free -- that's why he's here. Well He doesn't -- that He doesn't and results that He does not abide fools easily and Jerry has opinions on everything. And everybody. In the -- and and he's not afraid to express. Yeah -- it's it's it's a little bit awkward because they can't just come out and say well he's going to be the guy I mean for small -- of got a huge ego and is always remind people much He knows about the game they've got a general manager they've got a general manager in waiting in Bob Myers. It's going to be interesting when they make that first big move what's to say they did trade Monta Ellis local. It was the driving force behind that and if that bombs who takes the blame you know as that is it's all very vague but I agree -- any but to me Jerry West gets that the key vote. Yeah I think the other positives and I heard Jerry talking about the fact that that He and Ervin Johnson used to have summer camp and it for adults. And Joseph Laker played on Jerry -- team in one of these summer camps in Hawaii. And He and He added that you know -- always got a good players came off I got stolen golf into Jerry must've seen something it yeah I think it. It's Kobe Jerry West he's a lot enjoy command and Peter -- is very impressed by that -- them. And that that's can only be good. The likes of passion and a and He has his own litmus test because Jerry's offered jobs all the time. In a lot of different formats and in this case He can be back and forth He has his global entity that that He can access talent. And I think it is going to be exciting as heck the only thing that I'm concerned about is the labor negotiation. And not being able to it's you know access what Jerry West can bring in this positive enthusiasm that -- Peter of created. That would really top I think the great intangible that He has and again I Harken back to -- new -- field at the same thing not an ability to identify talent. I think He does that is good or better than anybody ever received. And He paints outside the lines not mean he's not then we're gonna do it this way He sees stuff like the great ones before it happens. And in other shades then other people look at the he's not afraid of failing -- defense and some -- there and you had them in Memphis -- -- custodians my friend you know Brian Cardinal. You know heat He got blamed for the how to deal. Michael nicely did that deal now Michael nicely after the big smile on as far as again has made a million mistakes he's a total genius who have never. Thought -- that that miracle it created Zach Randolph mark Mike Conley in the way they've played out. The Warriors have the pieces but they have to get to have better basketball team or none of this is really gonna matter. Yeah and it's gonna be tough and like say though though the -- it's this is so discouraging to think everybody is sort of poised to do all these things and then they have to sit back and and just stagnate. Forever well you know and I think you know putting your business cap back on him and going to places where you did. You've been through these lockouts and everybody that I have to emphasis this one is going to be the real deal the real challenges that in the NFL people are just waiting -- game's gonna come back get that done you know be fine will be sold that will be making billions in the NBA nobody signed here because the gap between top and bottom is so great and and the league is looking claw back. Money they're looking to change contracts. And this could be a very ugly nuclear winner I think so and it -- -- -- job that much more difficult wanting the jury did say exactly that we should. Plant and He went to Larry Riley He went to Bob Myers decent look. You've got a problem with me being here I would take this job and I think that's a supplement your house and and He said that you know in Memphis but understand he's Jerry West of course knows he's Jerry West and everybody wants -- ball. -- I mean you know. He's he's an alpha male there's no doubt if is his history of a winning at every level and every dimension of this sport is uncanny. And when He when He doesn't win I talked to Jerry about the -- -- book is it West Virginia He was leading that team apparently all the way and they play cal on the 59 title game and then cal beat him by talking a west this is like just ten years ago. Is it starts talking about the game and it is four starts to crack in -- I feel like -- maybe -- -- tearing up. Just like these it's all coming back to -- can't not believe He lost yeah that kielty. Even knowing it was the MVP yes that's not what -- -- I -- work with them for five years I would say and then not in a negative to anybody in the Warriors organization he's the most competitive person in the words organization today I I can't think anything but that. This is a very very. Some movement upon -- is better they better. Give him and let let him let him go and do -- Here it will let us win there's not very many people can say see this logo and I'll leave it. That's me and -- taken me -- With Andy thanks very much tonight and Wednesday against the.
Dolich and Jenkins join Barry Tompkins to talk Jerry West.