Jerry West, the NBA world's most interesting man, got on a roll Tuesday, stayed on a roll and might not be slowed or stopped for months or years.
Would anybody in the Warriors organization dare get in his way?
Throughout West's catalytic introductory news conference Tuesday, his exact responsibilities as the newest member of the Warriors' executive board remained unclear.
And West's precise opinions of the team's flawed roster are yet to be determined.
But there was no doubt that West's arrival, and his rampant energy (and confidence and decisiveness), was an electric jolt for a franchise that has too often hidden behind safe platitudes and crass politics.
West speaks his mind and detests office politics. And if you don't like it, fine by him.
"I will tell you, I'm no shrinking violet," said West, seated between co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. "OK? I'm not. If you don't want my opinion, don't ask."
The Warriors, of course, will ask. After all West accomplished with the Lakers and even the Memphis Grizzlies, they would be crazy to do anything else.
Lacob said that he recruited West (who is getting an ownership stake) not to run the franchise but to add decades of accumulated wisdom and to advise the ownership group on all sorts of matters.
West, looking and sounding like a man who felt pent-up for years, immediately declared his own mission.
He is here to nudge Lacob, Guber and the
If you read West's multiple references to the need for "risk-taking" as a sign he might push for a trade of either Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry as a way to acquire bigger, tougher players, I don't think West will mind that.
That might not be what West means, but, again, if he helps upset the comfortable patterns of a losing organization, then West will have achieved something.
"I love to watch them play," West said of the Warriors. "They're so much fun to watch play. But at the end of the day, you want to win "...
"When I look at the team, obviously they need more size."
West also wanted to make it crystal clear that he did not take this assignment -- four years after his last full-time job in the NBA -- as a symbolic gesture to be performed from Los Angeles.
He is 72, but he feels great. Feels overloaded with energy, in fact. I asked him how his golf game is these days, and he shook his head briskly and said, "If I get one round in a week, I'm lucky."
He is just too determined to get things done to waste a few hours on a round of golf these days.
"Believe me, I'm not going to be up here (only) once a month or something," West said in the news conference. "If somebody thinks I'm a figurehead, then we should part company right now."
I don't think Lacob quite understands the creative tumult that accompanies West wherever he goes, but I think Lacob tacitly knows that the Warriors could use some of this.
And with West, you never just get "some" of him.
You get the full West, a man who has never stopped obsessively watching games, talking to executives and agents (and reporters, I might add).
A man who just never stops and never wants to.
West said he didn't get and doesn't want the power to make personnel decisions. But he is Jerry West. He will speak up. He won six championships as a Lakers executive.
Why would Lacob listen to anybody else if West felt strongly about something?
It's something that will change the entire dynamic of the Warriors basketball operations staff -- Larry Riley, Bob Myers, Travis Schlenk and Kirk Lacob.
It's something that already has changed the dynamic of the Warriors' entire organization, from the coaching search to the upcoming draft to everything.
"I love the fact that he's very opinionated," Lacob said after the news conference. "I'm going to tell you, Travis Schlenk is very opinionated. Jerry met with Kirk, and Travis said, 'Wow, these guys are really opinionated.'
"He liked that. And I think that Bob Myers is opinionated. I like having opinionated people in the room. I think it's a good thing, not a bad thing."
By the sound of it, West discovered he could use some of what the Warriors are providing him, too.
Since 2007, West has been a dynamo without a team. West has a team now.
West is the same. But the Warriors will never be the same for it.