Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers gave their sincerest congratulations to David West, who announced his retirement earlier Thursday after a 15-year NBA career.
Kerr coached West during the last two seasons of his career after coming over from a one-year stint with the San Antonio Spurs and the highest of recommendations from colleague Gregg Popovich.
“David was a consummate professional throughout his entire career and was a huge presence in our locker room the last two years,” said Kerr, according to a team release. “The respect that he commanded was palpable every single day he walked in the door and the leadership that he provided to our team was critical to our success. He had the unique ability to connect with both the veteran and young players and the mentoring he provided our younger group was invaluable. The consistency that he displayed at a high level on the court for 15 years was amazing and a testament to his hard work and dedication. He is a true champion in every sense of the word.”
West netted two titles in his two years with the Warriors, but he is no way rode the pine for this team, playing few, but very valuable minutes at center, displaying intensity, a never-ending motor, and a veteran savvy that was highly valued by the organization.
“There should be a picture in the dictionary of David under ‘pro’s pro,’” said a proud Myers, who re-signed him to a one-year deal in the summer of 2017. “He’s one of the most decent people I’ve ever met. His depth of character is unmatched. We are all better for having spent the last two years with him. There is no doubt the best is ahead of him.”
Despite playing only 13.7 minutes per game, West shot a career-high 57.1 percent with the Warriors in his last season, holding career averages of 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during his 15 years in the NBA.
David West is believed to have potential offers for a coaching gig or a place in an NBA front office in his near future, given his experience, intelligence, and the reputation surrounding him throughout his tenure in the league.