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Jerry West hopes his collection motivates others

Dominion Post photo
Dominion Post photo

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — One of Jerry West’s bigger truths is he is more comfortable when he is behind the scenes.

When he is center stage, much like he was Monday, June 20, at the Downtown Wise Library for the unveiling of the Jerry West Collection, West admits to being a fidgety soul.

“I would rather be anonymous,” West said. “Anonymity is probably the most important thing in my life right now. I still don’t have it.”

The NBA Hall of Famer and former West Virginia men’s basketball standout may never have it.

Not in the professional basketball world where he led the Lakers to seven NBA Finals in his playing days before building them into a dynasty in the 1980s and 1990s as the general manager.

And not here in West Virginia, either, where he may consider himself simply as, ‘Just a kid from Cabin Creek,” but knows he is often viewed as the greatest player ever to wear a WVU uniform…

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