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SAN FRANCISCO -- To hear Jerry West tell it, there's one reason and one reason only he's coming out of retirement to be part of the Golden State Warriors' organization: Passion.Yes, passion.West, who will turn 73 in less than a week, still has it, he needs an outlet for it, and the Warriors are going to provide that outlet for him. West's official title will be advisor to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, as well as a member of the Warriors' executive board.Lacob acknowledged West has a stake in team ownership. West's job description will involve plenty of facets -- from being in on basketball-related discussions, to helping with sponsorships, sales and public relations, to dealing with upcoming arena issues.STEINMETZ: With West, Warriors will get benefit of doubt
"I was watching the Miami-Chicago (playoff) game the other night," West said Tuesday morning at the St. Regis Hotel. "I watched the intensity of that game and I could feel me getting up on the edge of my seat. Those are the things that drive me."West's resume is one of a kind, whether as a player or executive. He is considered one of the greatest players the game has ever known and one of the greatest minds the game has ever known.The Lakers won six NBA titles with West as the team's general manager. As the general manager in Memphis, West guided the Grizzlies to their first-ever franchise playoff appearance.RELATED: Warriors coaching search update: 11 names
"This is obviously a very significant day for the organization," Lacob said. "We're trying to put together one of the world's best organizations in sports and I think the commitment of having Jerry West, such an icon, the icon, as far as I'm concerned, involved with us I just can't say how excited I am."Lacob and co-owner Peter Guber said West's role will be more far-reaching than chipping on basketball decisions. At the same time, West is quite a resource when it comes to personnel decisions.But West made it clear on Tuesday -- this isn't his show and his show alone. He'll work alongside general manager Larry Riley and assistant general manager Bob Myers -- which is right where West wants to be."I know my place in this organization," West said. "I think I can be of help. I think I can stimulate ideas. I think I can encourage them to be bold, risk-taking. The best risk-takers do the best in this business. I will tell you, I'm not shrinking violet. I'm not. If you don't want my opinion, don't ask."
Trade talks for Kyrie Irving have reached a new high.
Acccording to ESPN, six teams have made offers to the Cavaliers for the point guard.
Those teams are: The LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks and Miami Heat.
According to the same report, as many as 20 teams have inquired about Irving's availability.
The report comes a day after The Athletic reported the Cavaliers have tried to communicate with Irving but he isn't speaking to anyone in the organization.
On July 7, Irving requested a trade.
The point guard -- who won an NBA title with the Cavs two seasons ago -- is under contract for two more seasons -- $18,868,625 in 2017-18 and $20,099,188 in 2018-19 -- plus a $21,329,750 player option in 2019-20.
NEW DELHI – NBA Champion and Finals MVP Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and 3,459 Indian children from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for the world’s largest basketball lesson (multiple venues) ever held.
During his first-ever trip to India, Durant conducted the record-breaking feat at The NBA Academy India, the league’s elite basketball training center in the Delhi National Capital Region for the top male and female prospects from throughout India which opened in May.
A group of youth were onsite at The NBA Academy India, while the other boys and girls participated via satellite from Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
“Sharing my love of basketball with thousands of boys and girls across India was an unbelievable experience,” said Durant. “It was an honor to coach these amazing kids and to be a part of this special day.”
Durant is in India to support the continued growth of basketball in the country. While in Delhi, he coached the country’s top prospects at The NBA Academy India and built two new basketball courts to the Ramjas School as part of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation’s BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL Courts Renovation Initiative.
“Sports has the ability to unite people, and this record-setting NBA clinic led by Finals MVP Kevin Durant helped us connect young basketball players throughout the country in a single event,” said NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco. “We are growing the game of basketball in India, and having Kevin here, one of the world’s greatest players, will no doubt inspire countless young boys and girls to stay healthy and active and believe that they can do anything.”
The NBA Academy India builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India. The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has reached more than 6 million youth and trained more than 5,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013.
NBA media services provided this report