Jerry West: Criticism of LeBron James is 'grossly unfair'

USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick discuss comments from NBA legend Jerry West, who passionately defended the legacy of LeBron James.

OAKLAND – The irony is lost on no one.

Jerry West, a Golden State Warriors executive board member since 2011, is serving as inspiration for the man his team is trying to take down for a second consecutive season: the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James.

All postseason, through the series wins over the Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors and on to the Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals that resume with Game 2 on Sunday, the four-time MVP has been reading West’s autobiography, “West by West, My Charmed, Tormented Life,” that offers such a dark and honest window into his world.

No one knows James’ playoff pain like West, the Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Lakers legend who lost eight of the nine NBA Finals in which he played and who admits in the book that it brought him to the brink of early…

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