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Jerry West statue unveiling: Kobe Bryant pays tribute to West

February 17, 2011 |  6:01 pm

Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant wasn't able to make it to the ceremony tonight, but he recorded video comments thanking Jerry West, who brought Bryant to the Lakers.

"Obviously it's a great honor," Bryant said in the video. "Nobody deserves it more than you, Mr. Clutch. I love you and thank you for everything you've done for me in my career."

Also present are Oscar De La Hoya, Wayne Gretzky and Mike Dunleavy.

-- Baxter Holmes