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Sources – Jerry West was elected to the Hall of Fame as a contributor

Sources – Jerry West was elected to the Hall of Fame as a contributor

Jerry West will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for a record third time, his most recent election coming as a contributor to the game, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.

West, 85, was previously inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player (1979) and as a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team (2010).

The shareholder election honors his work as general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies, as well as his time as an advisor to the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers.

While in these roles, West won eight championships and was twice named NBA Executive of the Year (1994-95, Lakers, 2003-04, Grizzlies).

West, who also won an NBA championship as a player, was best known as the architect of the Lakers in the 1980s and 1990s during his 18 seasons as general manager, including the deal that brought Kobe Bryant to Los Angeles.

Before joining the Clippers in 2017, West spent six years with the Warriors and helped build rosters that won titles in 2015 and 2017. He also spent five years in Memphis' front office, where he rebuilt the franchise from the ground up.

As a player, he was a 14-time All-Star with the Lakers, won a championship, and was the inspiration for the NBA's logo.

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