Jerry West couldn’t help it.
The NBA legend recently spoke to former Times sportswriter Bill Dwyre about “The Dream Whisperer,” a documentary about the incredible journey of former West Lakers teammate Dick Barnett.
But West also took the opportunity to make his first public comment on his beef with HBO’s “Winning Time.”
West, 83, told Dwyre he will be in attendance for the premiere of “The Dream Whisperer” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival, at a theater complex in Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
According to Dwyre, West added that it would be nice to watch something specific and positive.
That, of course, is a reference to “Winning Time,” which dramatizes, and sometimes fictionalizes, elements of the Showtime era of the Lakers.
Last week, West expressed his displeasure with the way he is portrayed on the show through a letter to HBO from his attorney, Louis R. Miller.
“You replaced the real Jerry West – a consummate professional – with his polar opposite, then presented that lie to the public as genuine,” the letter read. “You have thus violated the law.”
The letter also said, “To mitigate the harm you have caused, we request publication of a retraction of Jerry West’s misrepresentation by Winning Time no later than two weeks from the date of this letter. You also owe Mr. West an apology for your hurtful misrepresentation of his work and legacy, as well as damages for the harm you have done to his well-deserved and stellar reputation.
Although the letter seemed to suggest that legal action could take place if these demands are not met, West apparently confirmed that was his intention during his discussion with Dwyre.
“The series made us all [the Lakers] look like cartoon characters,” West told Dwyre. “They belittled something good. If necessary, I will take the case to the Supreme Court. »