Jerry West may be the man whose silhouette graces the National Basketball Association logo, but he’s also the man responsible for making Kobe Bryant a Los Angeles Laker.
The eight-time NBA champion spoke to CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” about his relationship with the former Lakers superstar and his thoughts about his late friend, who will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.
“I’ll remember [Bryant] as someone that I loved like a brother. The playful moments with him, some of the funny things and exchanges we had. Watching him when he first started to what he became,” West told CNBC.
Bryant, 41, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven other people died Jan. 26, 2020,…