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Jerry West found Mike Fratello’s offense dull, too

Oct 20, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

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More and more bits from Jerry West’s autobiography are leaking out (here’s a good roundup via KD). With each one, I can’t wait to read the book more and more.

While a lot of the anecdotes tie to his time as a player and GM with the Lakers, the Commercial Appeal found some stuff about his time with the Grizzlies.

What it shows is that West is like you and me — he didn’t like Mike Fratello’s offense, either.

“The problem I had with Mike Fratello had to do with the type of offense he wanted the team to run — a very slow, controlled game — and I tried to tell him that he needed to reconsider this,” West wrote. “I warned him, ‘Everyone is killing me, Mike. The agents with players’ complaints, the fans, the press. This is not what we should be doing.’ But Mike was very stubborn; he was convinced that his approach was correct.”

He also reveals that he had two stalkers while in Memphis, one who went so far as to buy a wedding dress and that forced him to hire a security guard as well.

West was able to build the Grizzlies into a three-time playoff team while he was GM, the Grizzlies were no longer a laughing stock. But he admits he made mistakes (drafting Drew Gooden over Amare Stoudemire is the biggie). What he really was unable to do was to bring in the superstars — Magic, Worthy, Kobe, Shaq — that he was able to find and draw in Los Angeles. And I’m not sure even West could have pulled that off.

  1. royistheboy - Oct 20, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Fratello’s offense definitely isn’t the most fun to watch, but I loved him when he was with the Cavs. I thought he made the best of an average Cavs team. It’s not like the Grizz had much going on during his tenure outside of a young Pau Gasol and the still managed to make the playoffs twice.

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