Seven Questions: Roland Lazenby, Author of Jerry West, The Life And Legend Of A Basketball Icon
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Today's subject is Roland Lazenby.
Roland Lazenby is a writer who's authored or contributed to 60 books, mostly about sports. Lazenby has written two books about the Lakers franchise, as well as books about Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant. Additionally, the Virginia Tech professor also runs Laker Noise, a blog about, well, the Lakers.
Jerry West, a man who Lazenby says he's been hearing about "for as long as he could understand language" is the subject of his latest book -- Jerry West, The Life And Legend Of A Basketball Icon, which was recently released and is available in bookstores now. Like West, Lazenby too is a West Virginia native. Lazenby's father, for whom this book is dedicated to, worshiped West. Due to this personal connection with the Laker great, Lazenby calls this book, "the challenge of a professional lifetime."
Lazenby definitely delivers on that challenge. His book provides an in-depth and entertaining look inside the life of "The Logo". The author digs up a mountain of information on the former Mountaineer, from the roots of the West family tree to the west coast love fests that took place in the Lakers locker room.
The author took some time to talk with LAist covering Jerry's quest for perfection, Kobe's time practicing how to miss a free throw, those locker room sex stories and much more.