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Lakers unveil Jerry West statue

Updated: February 18, 2011, 4:15 AM ET
By Andy Kamenetzky | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West has long been immortalized as the NBA logo. On Thursday, permanence came in the form of a statue. The basketball icon was honored on a crisp evening with a bronze likeness at Staples Center, joining the likes of Magic Johnson, Chick Hearn, Oscar De La Hoya and Wayne Gretzky.

West gingerly pulled a golden rope, lowering a black curtain to reveal a statue of himself dribbling. In form true to the characteristically spotlight-averse star, West admitted ...

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