Today in Sports History: March 24

In 1972, Los Angeles Laker Jerry West captured the scoring title by notching 2,309 points in 74 games (31.2 points per game average). The same year, West was voted the All-Star MVP despite being on the losing playoff team. West also set the record for the most highest points per game average during a playoffs at 46.3. West, nicknamed Mr. Clutch, was known for making key plays under pressure. He played his entire 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 1980, West was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He was voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996. After his playing career, West became head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and led the team to six championships. He became general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002 and led the team to their first-ever playoff appearance. He was awarded NBA Executive of the Year in 1995 and 2004.

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