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Jerry West talks about playing overseas in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. Playing alongside fellow NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, West and Team USA captured the gold medal.
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You mentioned in the last segment you that you're the number two -- -- the draft people may wonder if they don't know who who -- possibly have been elected ahead of of Jerry west. Forget that Ortega and her Oscar -- I believe -- play a -- Oscar Robertson in the 1960. Olympic Games you won eight gold -- I think your average margin of victory was north of forty point. Kobe made the news when he said he felt like his gold medal meant more to him. It was at the moment Dan has three NBA championship back then you did beat the US -- the Soviet Union matter back to get that gold medal what what did it mean to you with that -- your career and looking back and what does that gold medal mean to you. Well to be honest with his -- in most significant in my life and countywide because we were amateurs we want pros and there are you look at the NBA in MBAs orders from learning the game at as the only game the world well they -- -- for a while. And their final game in the Olympics this year with the read -- -- retention team that what little Xenia redeem team or fifth. In any look at the players and -- mentality of the caliber players that Europe is now producing the European game is a very physical game. And the thing you're the European players have bought -- -- -- that we didn't have them leave him deep in now you can walk all over the place you -- -- -- -- now also the NBA players have copied his people but. For me being an amateur. Played and Tatum doubly finals got -- the last thing about one point. I was most valuable player in that tournament. -- to me I'm very proud of the most valuable player and a losing team NBA final not very proud that. But just it was a Tuesday. As a amateur. And I can't tell you what it was like -- grew up and received a gold medal for our country Oscar Robertson our co captain who among us. I wish that people some time. When understand what an athlete's body feels like but. People were much more nationalistic then and they were today. And you know that the world is different there's a wonderful book and I think David my -- S -- and a 1960. Olympics. And effectiveness and it did the Olympics that changed a world. And there's so many things going on in the world that point in time and certainly played Russia. We almost felt if we lost you know we're losing to communism. And we had a legendary coach Dino who is a really like a father figure to me in some harmony -- I didn't. -- targets of misfortune to have missed him speaking to him of about three minutes before he died. And I was on the way to see him about it was it was really thrilling absolutely thrilling and in my house you can in my house are very few things you notice about basketball in my house I have a few things I ever. Picture and media in uniform that when my teammates. Drew gave it to me -- -- another picture of me. Color picture that was also drawn and it the gold medal with picture the team -- Jersey in this gold medal. And that's probably had at that point in time my life and now looking back. This brought the most exciting moments in my life and again I just wish people would know what it feels like to. To. You know people wonder what an athlete's body feels like and -- -- -- whoever it is you're likely to your -- like electorate I mean just you know you just react so quickly. And again and we had won the great teams ever assembled that they've won as an entertainment. I watched our professional players over there and they look like the only Americans -- -- that in the Olympics and that -- your team was a wonderful team that you beat compliment. For their performance over there but European basketball and basketball throughout the world's getting better.