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Westward chronicles the history of basketball in the NBA and how the city of Los Angeles not only saved the fledgling league by bringing the Lakers from Minneapolis, but gave birth to the modern NBA with “Showtime.” Told through the lens of Jerry West, who helped build the dynasty of the Lakers, “Westward” now follows the former Hall Of Famer as he attempts to build a dynasty with L.A.’s other NBA franchise, the Clippers. Narrator – Keith David, Tim Livingston, Bobby Glanton-SmithFrom the Da ...
 
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At the center of the podcast series "Westward" has always been Jerry West. This bonus episode features raw audio of original interviews with the basketball legend as he talks about a variety of subjects, from his days with the Lakers and stories about some of his fondest moments with icons like Richard Pryor, to what he looks for in scouting player…
 
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