Originally written October 19, 2011 on Hooped Up: Atlanta Hawks:
Today the Jerry West autobiography “West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life,” written with Jonathan Coleman hits shelves and it promises to be a very inside look at the Lakers legend and former GM’s life. Above is a 30-minute interview West did about his autobiography and below courtesy of the LA Times is an excerpt from the book regarding his depression. “It’s something that’s been a problem in my life and still will be until the day I die. Most people will look at that and wonder how someone like that can be depressed. I have lived my childhood and had a career as a player in college to get an education only because I had a skill, and then to become a basketball player here in Los Angeles and watch this franchise grow and the enormous appeal that stands today. But there is more to the person than just an athlete. Sometimes you have to come to grips with who you are. … I’m not a victim here. I don’t want to be seen as a victim at all. But self-esteem is very difficult for me.” Wes...
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