Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 6/26/14
Jerry West scored over 25,000 points as a 12-time All Star for the Los Angeles Lakers. His #44 hangs in the rafters of the Staples Center. He has been named the NBA Executive of the Year twice. His image is the logo of the National Basketball Association. And even all of that has not stopped 73 year old Jerry West from fighting lifelong depression.

West told HBO's Bryant Gumbel that he was beaten by his father while growing up in West Virginia. "I would go to bed feeling like I didn't even want to live," West said.

He was beaten by his father's belt until he stood up to him at the age of 12 after West saw his sister get hit by their dad. West kept a shotgun under his bed and threatened to use it on his father if the abuse did not stop.

West claimed that the depression never bothered him during any of his 14 NBA seasons, but would hit him hard during the offseason. According to ESPN, West cries in the interview, which will be aired tonight, saying that he wonders if his father (who has passed away) would be proud of him and his achievements. West told Gumbel that he tried therapy, but quit, choosing to go with Prozac and self-therapy.

Maybe that therapy was taking countless jump shots. Maybe it was something else. But West deserves to be the logo of courage after achieving so much success after suffering such an awful childhood.


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