The purpose in Jerry West's public pain

By going public about his depression, West can help countless others who suffer

Originally Published: October 20, 2011
By Roy S. Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

We know they're human.

Even as we cheer them, praise them and idolize them. We know the men and women who rise to the highest levels of sports, those who coach them, even those who own and run their teams, are not immune to the frailties that affect the rest of us.

We know because our sons or daughters might have played alongside or against them. Maybe we watched them in our youth and identified with them because they were just like us -- except they were so damn good!

But ...

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