Elgin Baylor, the Lakers' Hall of Fame striker who became one of the NBA's greatest players, showcased a fiery talent that advances the athletics of stars of later generations, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 86 years old.
His death was announced on Twitter by the Lakers. The team did not provide any reason.
In 14 seasons with the Lakers, first in Minneapolis, but especially in Los Angeles, with another pair of Hall of Famers, Jerry West, and Wilt Chamberlain, as teammates, Baylor played with a creative flourish, whichever Was not seen in professional basketball.
He was only 6 feet 5 inches - still relatively short for a striker - but he played above the rim as he headed for the basket. He could spin and turn in the air en route to the circle of freewheel shows performed by celebrities such as Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James.
When Boiler came to the NBA in 1958, an American from Seattle University, professionals usually received one-handed shots or hooks. The boiler added a new dimension.
"You can't stop Elgin from going to the basket," Hall of Fame Oscar Robertson recalled in his autobiography "The Big O" (2010), saying, "Of course you can't get over it, it's windier than that. Is in "
"Elgin," Robertson wrote, "was the first and original tall fighter."
Baylor's robust 225 kg frame complements its ingenuity. He was able to make his way to the basket and chased down his missed shots to score on the older players. He was also a notable rebel and passer-by.
The bagel was voted All NBA team for the first 50 years of the league. He was a 10-time All-Star first-team NBA and scored more than 30 points per game in the early three seasons of the 1960s.
He set a league record in November 1959 against the Boston Celtics scoring 64 points, then scored 71 against the Knots in November 1960, with Chamberlain scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors against Nike in March 1962.
Baylor joined West and later Chamberlain to turn the Lakers into a glamorous team. He played in eight NBA Finals, but the Lakers lost to the Celtics seven times in the Bill Russell era and again in 1970 in a memorable Game 7 at Madison Square Garden.
He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977.
But when he turned to coach and front-office positions, Baylor had little success. He coached three losing teams with the New Orleans Jazz (now Utah Jazz) in the 1970s and later spent 22 mostly disappointing seasons as general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers.
In the days when NBA TV coverage was limited, Baylor had never seen a professional game before playing in one.
In "Oral Tales of the NBA" Tal Tales (1992), I never saw Terry Pluto doing my tricks to anyone else. "Start with talent; You should be able to jump. But more than that, everything I did was effortless. I had the ball, I reacted to the defense. "
And there was a nervous look on his face, which sometimes made the defenders think that he was only going in one direction, to find him in the opposite direction.
As Kendra Johnny Kerr said, "You didn't know if it was a headache or what was going on."
Elgin Gay Baylor was born on September 16, 1934, in Washington. He was a high school basketball star, then played one season at the College of Idaho and two seasons at Seattle University, losing his team to the 1958 NCAA Tournament as a senior. For Kentucky.
The Minneapolis Lakers selected Boiler as the league's No. 1 pick in the 1958 draft. He led them to the 1959 NBA Finals, where he won an average of about 25 points per game in a loss to the Lux, with Lakel swept by the Celts. He was named the newcomer of the year.
The Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960, the year that West Boiler arrived to offer outside games with the usual skills.
Baylor was eventually prevented from knee surgery, which subsided in the spring, but remained an aggressive force. After injuries, he was limited to two games in 1970–71 and only nine at the start of the 1971–72 season, when the Lakers defeated the Knicks for the championship.
Winning that championship was influenced by the sad and visible absence of Elgin Baylor in her memoir "West Recall" in "West by West" (2011), written with Jonathan Coleman. "The person who shared all the blood, sweat, and tears was not there to find out how he felt."
Baylor played in 11 All-Star Games for his career with an average of 27.4 points and 13.5.
He was fired as a jazz coach in 1979. He became head of basketball operations for the Clippers in 1986, essentially his general manager.
The Clippers made the playoffs only four times during Byers' tenure, ending before the start of the 2008–09 season. Clippers said he resigned, but sued and claimed he was fired because of age discrimination. A jury ruled in favor of the Clippers, concluding that he lost his job due to the team's poor performance.
According to the Lakers, he is survived by his wife, Ellen; one daughter, Crystal; Two children, Alan and Allison, from a previous marriage; And a sister, Gladys Baylor Barrett.
Long after Baylor's playing days were over, his reputation remained.
Tom Heinsohn, the Celtic Hall of Fame striker who defeated the Beauler Lakers, worked wonders in his actions.
"Elgin as a striker kills Baylor Bird, Julius Irving, and everyone else," Henshaw told Roland Langenby in his "Jerry West" biography. (2009), referring to Larry Bird of the Celtics. "He had the whole game: defense, offense, everything, come back, pass the ball." (Heinsohn died in November at the age of 86.)
Bill Sharman, the Celtics' goalkeeper who coached Beiler in his short season, was even more successful, telling the Los Angeles Times at the time, "Elgin Baylor is the greatest teammate who has ever played professional basketball."