Virtually everyone in the NBA acknowledges that Jerry West, the executive vice president of the Los Angeles Lakers, is the best front-office brain in the league. He put together the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s and, only a few years after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson retired, he rebuilt L.A. into a playoff force, despite being limited to double-digit draft picks and free agents. Yet while Laker coaches like Pat Riley and Del Harris have been honored for their successes, West still has not been named Executive of the Year. "We shouldn't insult him by naming him Executive of the Year," says Utah Jazz director of basketball operations Scott Layden. "We should name the trophy after him."
West joins a long, illustrious list of the hardware-deprived.
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