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May 14, 2007

Jerry West sells Memphis home

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MORGANTOWN — Basketball legend Jerry West has cleared a major hurdle in wrapping up his five-year stay as president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies.

He and wife Karen have sold their lavish home in that city for $3.7 million to Michael Heisley’s Hoops LP company.

Heisley is majority owner of Memphis’ NBA franchise.

“We had a deal with Jerry as part of his hiring,” he’s quoted in the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “The deal was, he could turn his house back to us for what he paid for it.

“This is not unusual for us. I have no reason to believe we won’t get most of the money, if not more” when the the house is sold again.

West announced three weeks ago that he will leave the Grizzlies when his contract expires on June 30.

West Virginia University’s greatest basketball player of all-time intends to return to West Virginia. He already has built or purchased a house near The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.

Son Jonnie West will be playing basketball at WVU as a sophomore next season. So it won’t be surprising to see Jerry and/or Karen at the Coliseum for some, if not all, games the next three years.

Jerry has said he and his wife also plan to spend part of each year in Los Angeles, where he was an NBA superstar with the Lakers for 14 years.

The Wests bought the English Tudor-style house in Memphis in June 2002 from Scott Cobb for $3.55 million. It was listed Jan. 31 for $3.95 million by Memphis area realtors.

According to the Marx & Bensdorf Web site, the house has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a three-car garage, pool, multiple ponds, a waterfall and formal gardens.

West told me once that there’s also a regulation-size outdoor basketball court on the property.

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