16. Jerry West Gets a Ring

Date: 5/7/1972

Even in victory, Jerry West's singular mindset found room for criticism. West considered his play subpar in the 1972 Finals, but it was only appropriate that his team finally lifted him to victory. Wilt Chamberlain propelled the Lakers to a title in five games over the Knicks, but it was never in doubt that this moment belonged to Jerry West. Even if he didn't want it.