Have you watched the new HBO series, “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.”
It’s interesting to watch the show if you are a Lakers fan as it covers the birth of a dynasty. But there’s been a lot of blowback on the portrayal of Jerry West.
This interests me because West was my favorite player as a young child. I also had limited dealings with him as a reporter when I covered the NBA and he was fine.
West in the series is constantly angry, yelling, throwing fits and spewing profanity. He breaks golf clubs and tosses his NBA MVP trophy threw his office window.
I spoke to a friend of West who has known him as a player, coach and executive.
“This is nothing like the Jerry West I know,” the friend said. “His office at the Forum didn’t even have windows. He didn’t act like that. It’s a hurtful portrayful.”
In one scene I disliked, Lakers owner Jerry Buss turns to the camera and suggests West is a loser because he lost to the Boston Celtics six times in the 1960’s.
“The Celtics had Bill Russell at center, the Lakers had Jim Krebs!” the friend. “They had Sam Jones, K.C. Jones, Satch Sanders, John Havlicek and Tommy Heinsohn.”
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