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.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Todd Gurley: 2015 NFL Draft Profile

Colts' Robert Mathis hopes to be back by training camp

LeBron thought Kyrie was a ballhog when season started

Muhammad Ali rooting for a Pacquiao win over Mayweather

Report: Cowboys to restructure Tony Romo's contract


Blake Griffin frustrated with lack of fan support at home

Eli Manning expects Giants' offense to take off in 2015

Bruce Irvin apologizes for DUI April Fools' joke

Report: LeBron James calls plays, David Blatt repeats them

Anthony Davis puts Harden ahead of himself for MVP

LeBron James lists his top three friends in the NBA

Westbrook: I'm not Angry Man off the court, I'm a chill guy

Fourth man sentenced in 2007 killing of Sean Taylor

Players who could have their arbitration years bought out

Rookie of the Year: Should there be a winner?

What's next for the Phoenix Suns?

Aaron Rodgers to appear on celebrity version of 'Jeopardy!'

Dark horse Cy Young candidates

Final Four fact or fiction

Five worst situations at quarterback in NFL

Young sportswriter behind Cam Newton column speaks out

Tom Brady posts Photoshop as April Fools' joke on Facebook

'Zo on MJ: He would average almost 50 in today's NBA

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dark horse Cy Young candidates

Final Four fact or fiction

Why WrestleMania 31 was an all-time great

Five worst QB situations in NFL

WATCH: Curry drops CP3 with crossover

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Five coaches already on the hot seat

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.