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Jerry West

I Don't Get Paid

For Being NBA Logo

5/29/2014 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jerry West NBA Logo
NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West tells TMZ Sports ... he doesn't get a single cent in residuals for being featured on the official NBA logo ... and you can tell by his tone, he's not happy about it. 

West was leaving a birthday dinner at Madeo in Beverly Hills this week -- when we asked him about the perks of having one of the most famous silhouettes in all of sports. 

But the question seemed to strike a nerve with the NBA legend ... who told us the situation with the logo is "complicated" ... and not in a good way.

Here's the twist -- over the years, The NBA hasn't exactly acknowledged that the person on the logo is West ... despite the fact the person who designed the image has said on record he adapted it from a 1969 photo of of the NBA star. 

We're reaching out to the NBA to see where they stand now. Stay tuned ...
 
Update_Graphic_Bar
11:14 AM PT -- The NBA tells us ... the league's stance on the logo has not changed -- it does not acknowledge West as the player featured on the logo.

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12 COMMENTS

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FREEDOM    

HIS PHOTO IN 1969 DEFINITELY IS JERRY WEST. THE NBA USED IT TO CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF THE GAME.

113 days ago
2.

FREEDOM    

THE HALL OF FAMER SHOULD RIP INTO THE NBA.

113 days ago
3.

FREEDOM    

THE LOGO IS JERRY WEST. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

113 days ago
4.

FREEDOM    

THE NBA NEEDS TO MAKE THIS RIGHT.

113 days ago
5.

lourdgoogoo    

Everybody has known it was him for years. It is a shame that he has not been compensated.

113 days ago
6.

L. Ron Hubbard    

Screw the NBA!

113 days ago
7.

FREEDOM    

THE NBA NEEDS SOME REORGANIZING. THEY FEEL THEY ARE UNTOUCHABLE.

113 days ago
8.

FREEDOM    

THIS LOGO MADE BIG MONEY.

113 days ago
9.

FREEDOM    

JERRY WEST IS A SUCH A GENTLEMAN.

113 days ago

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