5.24: Warriors -- Jerry West press conference
Joe Lacob and Peter Guber formally announce the hiring of Jerry West.
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I think this is obviously a very significant day for this organization. I think it think it represented to us. You know at the beginning but. Just after the beginning here in six months we're trying to put together one of the world's best organizations in sports. And I think the commitment of having someone like Jerry West who is such an icon. Truthfully the icon as far as I'm concerned. In the history of the NBA involved -- us. And help us not only in the on the basketball side but also on the business side as we go forward broad ranging role here. I just can't say how excited I am too to have him involved here first -- -- I'm thrilled to be here today. I'll always felt that connection -- people were the most important thing line. I feel so fortunate to be involved with one friend so many years -- More championships and you -- I certainly don't want to take credit for but to be part of that. And work through a terrific owner in Los Angeles and -- about us and not have an opportunity here to Memphis and and what that franchise grow. And work with another terrific owner. It was a great thrill from it. When I first. Talked to do. You know -- I've lived -- alike now about to me in my life is about giving back to people doing things for people. I watch every basketball. Okay -- fertility it's probably pretty fit and she wants to watch dancing with the stars and but and I'm watching her Desperate Housewives and I'm watching basketball this year if you're one place and another place. And in talking with Joseph and also I've met Peter few times in my life and know the enormous success he's had. These are two great man. I just don't think you can do anything -- right in this world -- -- working with great people people who have a passion. I'm just telling him compete and and Bob. Mineral -- there Larry. And -- I was -- I was watching the Miami. Chicago game the other night and because I think you put these second guess yourself like what Troy. But I watched the intensity that game and I can just feel -- just you know getting up on the edge -- -- -- And those -- do things to drive me passion. I've been blessed with tremendous energy I'm older. I've had really good hill. And the thing that I really care about is winning. In the state thing both these gentlemen what. Come to know. Joseph very for a long time Jerry more reasonable I met him early in my life as a Laker fan. They represented the finest and integrity that the heart time and wall although in the same direction. That kind of been rumored to be part of that team to be a member of that team their team our team. Is the key because. The idea here is the leadership they bring to the organization the leadership of into the community the fans the media. Is going to be crucial to creating a winning product on the floor and putting that winning in the hearts and minds. Of our audience our fans. And ask -- real opportunity to build came up here they are so close to having a good team. And Bob Myers. Someone I've known to do to puppy. See him come in with a layer malaria and have an opportunity to work mob has been an agent now he's gonna have to change -- of course. But. To what worked with people and empower you is is it really makes me feel good. And I think the best thing in the world about life as well when somebody feels like you've -- And I'm not here to be a decision maker here -- be another set of August practice. I have I have an incredible fight for. Jerry I'm lol come from the Santa Rosa press Democrat I wonder if you can tell us what your job actually will be. With the Warriors you just mentioned that you won't have decision making power and I wonder why that is or is not. Well first of all every everything you do in life is about teamwork OK this is about a team that's enough about an individual when an individual dominate. Spotlight that I agree that. I would not I -- never in my life to politician myself. I called him I wasn't able to not do that well. You know playing and lost in the world when branch really truly unique about him up. It's unique situation. It's not something I'm comfortable with I don't like -- I guess. Humility -- greatest we're. And I know my place in this organization. I think back in the hell they can stimulate ideas. I think I can encourage them to be bold and risk taking. The best risk takers do the best in this business the best mistake. And I think that's what that's how He found his life then definitely do like. And my area known for years when -- that Bob mentioned you know. Do you ask me. That's very empower the people. I would tell you I'm -- tree in -- But if you don't want my opinion no match. And I would hope that. Our conversation we would stimulated. The more importantly get -- when thinking about what's in the best interest of this thing. And try to build a program that these things really deserves. The fans here are remembered days coming up your play I got what they had. And fortunately for us. They didn't have a whole lot look at the Lakers. But Tim Duncan always is. The good news show. When you both came in He didn't really say that you wanted to make that many changes to Begin with take a look. How what was the Genesis of bringing Jerry and did you just think you needed something big. To the changeup what was going on what this team. Well I think that. When Peter and I and the rest of the group -- And bought the franchise we did say that we want to do both things and we did say that we want to be the best one to create a winning. Formula of winning tradition. Not only to make the playoffs ultimately win a championship and be consistent. Winner championships. So we have very very high goals and the only way you're gonna do that is to have great people around you. And we keep working with you the best people. And -- then the venture business venture capitalists for 25 years. -- tell you see a lot of companies built and whether it's basketball organization or whether to technology company whatever it doesn't happen as Jerry said when one person. It happens because you have great people in all capacities and you strive to have nothing but the best. And that I know it doesn't seem sometimes to. The fans out there that we're moving fast enough. Peter you know holds me back a little bit. Going too fast complicated. But but the truth of the matter is is that. It's a concerted effort to take a look at what we need to happens organization that we have tried to perform over the last six months. And we're gonna go through and in every capacity of this organization. We're gonna if we don't have the best -- put the best in there. Scott also the chronicle. Jerry is okay we get the idea now you're fired up. So you're trying to and -- wait around a month or so to get to work what are you gonna do right now to start work and also what will be your your role in that in the draft. Well. My mind doesn't show at all. In I think -- and He did this team. I think to me either. Kind of evident. And it's not always possible to do something overnight. But they don't have to do blog here in my opinion of it -- that's the first step. To me this is reward of people working together one person can't somebody's gonna have to make a decision okay. Marcus Thompson very newsgroup. I wanted to ask you what about the Warriors basketball product and treat your basketball mind the most. -- ownership. I think the ownership is what -- them if you're around positive people. There's a certain strength. -- can't wait to get up in the morning communicate with those people. One of the things that and get around on my days with the Lakers when I first started I wasn't prepared me exactly I had no idea what held -- And the encouragement from Jerry Buss at that point in my life was so meaningful. He encouraged me to be a risk taker. And we didn't have ton of people work force and frankly I'm not afraid to make a decision and. Jerry and Kelly and with CSN Bay Area what would your involvement in hiring a new coach and -- you also address that. Of what you want from cherry and -- hiring process. Well you know and just say hi how hiring a coach I think and out -- that involved -- Peter and -- movement and better. I think when most difficult things you have to do it. I've never believed -- revolving door policy and coaches and I think they need to find a coach up -- which they will. Because they're gonna do a search and -- do it correctly. And without even getting involved in the name people who have been discussed. Neither on the right track and it's up to then figure out what's best for the players what's best for the future this organization. But to get someone there. Who can grow with the organization -- I think if I think it's -- But as I mentioned I think it's one of the hardest things you have to do. Do the right coach for the right -- the secret is to pick the right -- like I Gerry you've been. Do you -- -- -- Discussions. I never had one discussion bad. It's really really interest in some times when you know. And he's been involved your name get mentioned that a lot of places and there really nothing more than rumors. I've always. Regardless of who the writer is. You know -- had been in your corner can be negative. I've always returned phone call of all and to me thrown the most important thing if someone takes the time to call or someone like me a letter. And executive. Was a player I answered them all myself. OK today and my wife and his former. -- -- -- That. But anyway I think it's the responsibility. That you have here not only your fans -- -- detractors. To make sure you communicate with them. Don't -- don't pitch shot above anymore never. In my life. To do something or an inning when the experience I know what my life was as an athlete I'd love. The dating game was most exciting time for me even as an executive I did the same thing is exactly. Four years and years in my life that is day to day game 02 and Holmes took a nap. I drove to the same play through to where replaying. And it was part of the process of getting yourself ready to play games and I -- love living on the play and there. But to me habits are important. And my habits and never -- period they have not this point and and say this opportunity. I -- I never dreamed. I never dreamed that I worked for anyone else. I felt that this world but you do what worked for and I know these gentlemen here. Coming up with -- yesterday. I'm really knows inquisitive -- load a little information below to read. Look at a particular stories that are motivational. Things that might help me. Motivate myself to this point in my life and it was a fun trip even -- and it's a word. It was thought it.