Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel has raved about David West's leadership during the past three seasons. He's talked about his veteran presence in the locker room. He noted his maturity in taking a lesser scoring role in order to give Paul George and Lance Stephenson a better chance to develop offensively. As terrific as all that is, the best kind of leadership is stepping up and scoring 25 points and giving a tired team a much-needed spark. West did just that Sunday night, keeping the Pacers close early before they pulled out a 94-91 victory over the Utah Jazz at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and improving to an NBA-best 29-3 at home. "There's a lot of leaders, a lot of guys doing the rah-rah stuff, but they're not someone that can really deliver," Vogel said. "David West does both. He keeps everybody lifted, everybody engaged, everybody thinking the game. And in the moment, he delivers. "I can't say enough positive things about David West tonight."
Pacers escape with 94-91 win over the Jazz
Indianapolis Star | Mar 3