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West to leave Grizzlies on July 1

Updated: April 18, 2007, 2:50 AM ET
Associated Press

Jerry West left retirement and the comforts of California to see if he could transform the woeful Memphis Grizzlies. Five years later, the Lakers great decided to stop trying.

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He said Tuesday he will leave as the Grizzlies' director of basketball operations July 1 at the end of his contract. Injuries, losses, weariness and uncertainty became too much.

"I'm not a youngster anymore," said West, who turns 69 next month.

West oversaw the Grizzlies' only three playoff ...

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