Elgin Baylor
American basketball player
Elgin Baylor
Elgin Gay Baylor is a retired Hall of Fame American basketball player and former NBA general manager who played 13 seasons as a forward for the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers/Los Angeles Lakers, appearing in eight NBA Finals. Baylor was a gifted shooter, strong rebounder, and an accomplished passer. Renowned for his acrobatic maneuvers on the court, Baylor regularly dazzled Lakers fans with his trademark hanging jump shots. The No.
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Is Vince Carter a Hall of Famer?
ABC News - 29 days
Vince Carter isn't quite finished. Formerly the game's greatest dunker and now the oldest player in the NBA, Carter will turn 40 in January. Carter will reach the end of the NBA line sooner rather than later, at which point a debate that has long divided fans and analysts will take on new urgency: Is Carter a Hall of Famer? Argument for: Hall-worthy numbers Even in his age-40 season, Carter has supplied crucial firepower off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies so far, averaging 9.9 points in 27.2 minutes per game -- the most he has played in six years. Carter is now less than a thousand points away from becoming the 21st player in NBA history to score 25,000 points. He might not get there, but he already has surpassed the career scoring totals of Charles Barkley (23,757), Elgin Baylor (23,149) and Larry Bird (21,791). Career totals don't hold the same sway in basketball as. ...
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Westbrook shines brightest of All Stars once more
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Russell Westbrook took a little bit of the focus away from West team mate and retiring great Kobe Bryant's final NBA All-Star Game appearance when the Oklahoma City point guard claimed MVP honors for a second straight year on Sunday. The 27-year-old Westbrook scored 31 points in the West's 196-173 victory to become the first player to win solo back-to-back most valuable player awards in the 65-season history of the high-profile showcase event. Bob Pettit was named MVP for the 1958 game and shared the honor with Elgin Baylor in 1959.
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The Solution To The Dumb Debate Over Which Kobe Jersey To Retire
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Must be nice to be someone like Mitch Kupchak, who can send the NBA world and Lakers nation in particular into a frenzy with just four words. On Sunday, the LA Lakers GM did just that while talking about the inevitable retirement of Kobe Bryant's jersey in the rafters of Staples Center.  “Obviously it's going to be 8, 24 or” -- and here comes the good part -- “it could be both,” he said. The sports world has spent way too much time already on the question of whether the Lakers should retire the jersey in which Kobe spent the first half of his 20-year career (No. 8) or the second (No. 24), and this is the perhaps the pinnacle of that inane conversation, the perfect talking point for our talking-point culture.  But make no mistake: This is a ridiculously dumb idea that will never happen. And if you think Kupchak or anyone in the Lakers organization would seriously consider anything more than suggesting it to mess with rabid Lakers fans for personal amusement, you might as well ...
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Should Rose, Bonds and Clemens Be in the Hall of Fame?
NYTimes - about 1 year
When the 2016 inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame are announced on Tuesday, three of the greatest players of all time will be left out. Pete Rose, who had more hits than any other player, has been banned from baseball since 1989 for betting on his team's games when he managed the Cincinnati Reds. Accusations of steroid use against Barry Bonds, who hit more home runs in a career and a year than any other player, and Roger Clemens, who won seven Cy Young Awards, have so far kept them from getting the 75 percent support of baseball writers needed for selection. Election is "based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played." But are the accomplishments of these three players so great that they should be admitted despite questions about their character and integrity? Responses: Let Them All In Wendy Thurm, writer Le ...
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Warriors' playoff spot isn't locked up yet
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
At the start of Sunday's play, they ranked seventh in the Western Conference playoff standings. The Warriors winning the Pacific Division outright - they trail the Clippers by four games - or making sure they finish with a better record than Phoenix, an exciting and dangerous team with All-Star-worthy Goran Dragic, rugged Miles Plumlee (the league's most underrated dunker), creative coach Jeff Hornacek and guard Eric Bledsoe (20 points a game), due to return from injury sometime this month. Around the NBA-- Imagine savoring the accomplishment of a perfect free throw, then casting off the next one without a hint of familiarity or context. The Pacers have too much positive chemistry to take on a flighty, virtually immobile center nobody else would touch. [...] at the old Garden (same name, different Midtown location), the Lakers' Elgin Baylor had a 71-point game (November 1960) and Wilt Chamberlain, then with the San Francisco Warriors, put up 73 in November 1962. -- From the Jim Ba ...
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Charles Barkley: LeBron James Not In My Top 5 NBA Players All-Time
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
In Charles Barkley's eyes, LeBron James still has some work to do. On the day before the 2013-14 NBA season-opener, the Hall of Famer told Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated that the four-time NBA MVP hasn't cracked his list of top five players of all time. "I have Michael [Jordan] at No. 1. Oscar [Robertson] at No. 2. Then Wilt [Chamberlain], Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] and [Bill] Russell," Barkley said. "I have Kobe [Bryant], LeBron, Tim Duncan, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor after that. Those are my top 10. Those second five fluctuate, but who do I take off my top five?" Sir Charles went on to say that he's bothered by those who don't compare James to Kobe Bryant anymore. "I'm still going to take five [titles] over two. It makes me laugh with my friends," he said. "The media just kills Kobe Bryant. Like he's dead! Five still is a lot more than two!" Yes, five is a lot more than two. And Barkley stating that fact might make some wonder why Magic Johnson was left off his top 10. ...
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Allen Iverson Might Announce Retirement At 76ers Home Opener
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Rumors about his retirement have been swirling for months, and the time may be close at hand for Allen Iverson to officially hang up his NBA jersey. Citing sources familiar with Iverson's retirement plans, ESPN reports that the 11-time NBA All-Star and former Rookie of the Year will formally retire from the league at the Philadelphia 76ers' home opener against the Miami Heat on Oct. 30. Iverson, 38, hasn't played in the NBA since February 2010, when he was on the 76ers roster. But the 6-foot dynamo has said time and again that he hoped to return to the league before his retirement. The former MVP, who played 10 games for Turkish professional basketball team Besiktas in 2011 and took part in an exhibition tour in China in 2012, told his Twitter followers in January that he hoped to "complete [his] legacy in the NBA." I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA, should God provide me another opportunity I will give it my all — Allen Iverson (@allenivers ...
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Jordan Schultz: Lakers' Dwight Howard Courtship Is Wrong Move For The Team
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Amid the Dwight Howard free agent sweepstakes, the mystique of the Los Angeles Lakers has been replaced by an all-out effort by upper management, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash to convince the team's center to sign again for five years. But after a season that can be described as embarrassing and downright shocking for the NBA's highest payroll -- a season during which Howard often acted like a petulant child -- the Lakers have resorted to a sad state of desperation to get a player who may not turn out to be worth the expenditure. The Lakers, winners of 16 world titles, have made a big mistake in their approach to convincing Dwight Howard to re-sign. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) This is not what we have come to expect out of Title Town. The gold and purple uniforms and the cache of an organization that has won 16 world championships usually sells itself. Part of free agency, of course, is to wow potential signees. Anybody can understand that. But ...
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Elgin Baylor, former Lakers star, selling a lifetime of memories
LATimes - over 3 years
Starting Friday, Julien's Auctions will be auctioning off hundreds of mementos online, including Baylor's 1971-72 NBA championship ring and his 1959 All-Star game co-MVP trophy. He spent some of his basketball career above the rim, some of it behind a desk, all of it in limbo.
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Leigh Steinberg: The View From the Floor Is a Whole Different Ballgame
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
I sat on the floor for Sunday's Clipper-Laker game at Staples Center in seats right next to the Lakers bench. What a revelation. The NBA we experience on television and in higher seats is perceived very differently than floorside. It highlighted how many varying ways there are to enjoy spectator sport involvement, and they all carry advantages. I first experienced this at NFL games. When I stood on the sidelines towards the end of the game it was overwhelming. Nothing prepares one for the enormous size, power and speed of the players. Actually seeing and hearing the force of each collision brings the reality of pro football home. It is a traffic accident on every play. Anytime I heard fans talking about a player's lack of toughness I imagined an ordinary person standing up to that pounding for just one play. Television makes seven-foot basketball players appear as somewhat tall and 6'4 players appear like midgets. They are all tall. Really, really tall. I realized the first ...
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Turning Pro
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
1. The difference between playing basketball and a basketball career. Playing college ball was relatively easy because it was only one part of my life. I also had my classes, which I loved, and the general carefree attitude of most college students: Adult responsibilities were way off in the future, along with flying cars and jet packs. I wish I'd been emotionally prepared for the sudden weight of being a pro. At UCLA, Coach Wooden wanted to win, but losing didn't have the ramifications it does in pros. In the pros, men's careers are on the line with each game. Coaches and players have families that depend on them. It's no longer the game of basketball, it's the job of basketball. Under that relentless pressure, it's very difficult and frustrating to try to figure out what you want to do with your life. 2. How to approach young women in a mature and non-self-conscious way. My height was already an obstacle. I towered over most women by a foot and half to two feet. I ...
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Tim Chartier: Curry on Fire
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lit up Madison Square Garden last week, scoring 54 points for a career high. Curry had the best shooting performance of his career and the best by any player this season. Steph Curry was hot. How hot? Here are the numbers: 54 points, most points scored in a game this season 11-13 on three-point shots 7-7 from the FT line 23 points in the 2nd quarter 6 rebounds, which led the team 7 assists, which led the team 48 minutes Curry, for the first time in his career, played every second of a game that was up for grabs until the last 30 seconds. In some games, players pad their stats after the outcome is clear. Every shot Curry took mattered. What was so special about Curry's night? Only seven players in NBA history have ever scored more at Madison Square Garden. Wilt Chamberlain (six times!), Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, Bernard King (twice), Rick Barry, Richie Guerin and Michael Jordan. The Knicks knew Cu ...
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Bucks also odd backcourt for Monta Ellis
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Bucks also odd backcourt for Monta Ellis The No. 7 Celtics are within striking distance, and that slot would at least give the Bucks a chance to advance, even if they'd be rated underdogs against the likes of Indiana or the Knicks. The arrival of J.J. Redick changed the backcourt dynamic, cutting down on Jennings' playing time, with Ellis playing significant minutes at the point and tying his career high with 13 assists Wednesday night against Houston. Ellis hit one of the most spectacular shots of his career that night, a crazy-awkward three-pointer to beat Houston at the buzzer, but his defense has been the story of late. "A big part of being a good defensive player is the competitive fire that's in your belly," Boylan told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Ellis was rumored bound for Atlanta at the trading deadline, but the Bucks refused to include him in a Josh Smith deal. Stephen Curry hitting that ridiculously brazen three-pointer with 3:45 left to give t ...
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Misha Hyman: The Greatest Duo in NBA History, Or What Could Have Been
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
Dynamic duos in the NBA began with Jerry West, The Logo, and Elgin Baylor, the first high flying power forward the game had ever seen. The Lakers have had a tendency throughout their long illustrious history as an organization to pair superstar talents together in order to win an NBA crown. But that is another story for another day. Elgin Baylor and Jerry West were essentially the LeBron James and the Michael Jordan during the twilight of the NBA. Baylor burst on to the NBA scene in 1958 and had rookie averages of 24.9 points, 15 rebounds and 4.1 assists a game. Baylor was a mega-star the minute he walked onto an NBA hardwood. He had career highs of 38.3 points and 19.8 rebounds, which are truly legendary numbers. Baylor finished his career with numbers only the mythical Wilt Chamberlain could also claim. Baylor averaged 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. The Logo, was the symbol of the league. He was Jordan before there even was a Dr. J, Julius Irving ...
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WATCH: Lakers Legends Remember Jerry Buss
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Remembered as a renaissance man, a father figure and a visionary, Dr. Jerry Buss was honored at a memorial service in Los Angeles on Thursday. The late owner of the Los Angeles Lakers who passed away on Monday at age 80, Buss bought the Lakers in 1979 and oversaw the team's transformation into the "Showtime" sensation of the 1980s and its return to dominance during the 2000s with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant electrifying another generation of L.A. fans. All told, the Lakers won 10 NBA championships under Buss' watch, playing with a style that revolutionized the way the game was played and marketed. "You will hear many speak of Jerry's business acumen and the quality of experts with whom he worked and surrounded himself. You'll hear about the family culture for players and colleagues, about 'Showtime' and much more," said NBA Commissioner David Stern, one of many speakers during the service at L.A. Live. "I would just like to say it's not an exaggeration to say that Jer ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for February 19, 2013 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits Lakers Hall of Fame owner Jerry Buss is dead of cancer at the age of 80. The Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorious, is officially charged with premeditated murder in South Africa. Instant replay. Goal-line technology will be used for the first time in World Cup soccer in 2014. 2. Jerry Buss 1933-2013 They don't call many sports owners "doctor," but he was always "Dr. Buss" thanks to his Ph.D. in chemistry. His Ph.D. should have been in sports ownership. He bought the Lakers in 1979 and won the title in 1980. Along the way he won an astounding 10 titles and appeared in six other NBA Finals. So his team made the finals basically half the years he owned it. And he molded the perfect franchise for Hollywood. One-named stars like Kareem, Magic, Shaq and Kobe with stars galore in the stands. He bought the Lakers for $67.5 million with the Kings and the Fo ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elgin Baylor
  • 2011
    Age 76
    Baylor's remaining claims were rejected by a Los Angeles state court jury on March 30, 2011, by a unanimous 12–0 vote.
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  • 2009
    Age 74
    In February 2009, Baylor filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the Clippers, team owner Donald Sterling, team president Andy Roeser, and the NBA.
    More Details Hide Details He alleged that he was underpaid during his tenure with the team and then fired because of his age and race. Baylor later dropped the racial discrimination claims in the suit.
  • 2008
    Age 73
    He stayed in that capacity for 22 years before resigning in October 2008 at the age of 74.
    More Details Hide Details During his tenure, the Clippers managed only two winning seasons and amassed a win-loss record of 607 and 1153. They also won only one playoff series during this time.
  • 2006
    Age 71
    Baylor was selected as the NBA Executive of the Year in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details That year the Clippers won their first playoff series since 1976, when the franchise was located in Buffalo, New York, and named the Buffalo Braves.
  • 1986
    Age 51
    In 1986, Baylor was hired by the Los Angeles Clippers as the team's vice president of basketball operations.
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  • 1980
    Age 45
    He was named to the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1980 and the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996. in 2009, SLAM Magazine ranked him number 11 among its Top 50 NBA players of all time.
    More Details Hide Details He is often listed as the greatest NBA player never to win a championship. The first biography of Elgin Baylor was written by SLAM Online contributor Bijan C. Bayne, and published by Rowman and Littlefield. In 1974, Baylor was hired to be an assistant coach and later the head coach for the New Orleans Jazz, but had a lackluster 86–135 record and retired following the 1978–79 season.
  • 1977
    Age 42
    A 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and 11-time NBA All-Star, Baylor was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977.
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  • 1971
    Age 36
    Baylor finally retired nine games into the 1971–72 season because of his nagging knee problems.
    More Details Hide Details The timing of his retirement could not have been worse as this caused him to coincidentally miss two great achievements. First, the Lakers' next game after his retirement was the first of an NBA record of 33 consecutive wins. Second, the Lakers went on to win the NBA championship that season. The Lakers did give Baylor a championship ring, even though he had not been an active player. Baylor was the last of the great undersized forwards in a league where many guards are now his size or bigger. He finished his playing days with 23,149 points, 3,650 assists and 11,463 rebounds over 846 games. His signature running bank shot, which he was able to release quickly and effectively over taller players, led him to numerous NBA scoring records, several of which still stand. The 71 points Baylor scored on November 15, 1960 was a record at the time. The 61 points he scored in game 5 of the NBA Finals in 1962 is still an NBA Finals record. An underrated rebounder, Baylor averaged 13.5 rebounds per game during his career, including a remarkable 19.8 rebounds per game during the 1960–61 season – a season average exceeded by only five other players in NBA history, all of whom were 6'8" or taller.
  • 1963
    Age 28
    Baylor began to be hampered with knee problems during the 1963–64 season.
    More Details Hide Details The problems culminated in a severe knee injury, suffered during the 1965 Western Division playoffs. Baylor, while still a very powerful force, was never quite the same, never again averaging above 30 points per game.
  • 1961
    Age 26
    Baylor, a United States Army Reservist, was called to active duty during the 1961–62 season, and being stationed in Washington state, he could play for the Lakers only when on a weekend pass.
    More Details Hide Details Despite playing only 48 games during the season, he still managed to score over 1,800 points. Later that season, in a game five NBA Finals victory against the Boston Celtics, Baylor grabbed 22 rebounds and set the still-standing NBA record for points in an NBA Finals game with 61.
  • 1960
    Age 25
    On November 15 of the 1960–61 season, Baylor set a new NBA scoring record when he scored 71 points in a victory against the New York Knicks while grabbing 25 rebounds.
    More Details Hide Details In doing so, Baylor had broken his own NBA record of 64 points that he had set in the previous season.
    From the 1960–61 to the 1962–63 seasons, Baylor averaged 34.8, 38.3 and 34. points per game, respectively.
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  • 1958
    Age 23
    As a rookie in 1958–59, Baylor finished fourth in the league in scoring (24.9 points per game), third in rebounding (15. rebounds per game), and eighth in assists (4.1 assists per game).
    More Details Hide Details He registered 55 points in a single game, then the third-highest mark in league history behind Joe Fulks' 63 and Mikan's 61. Baylor won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and led the Lakers from last place the previous year to the NBA finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics in the first four-game sweep in finals history. Thus began the greatest rivalry in the history of the NBA. During his career, Baylor helped lead the Lakers to the NBA Finals seven more times.
    The Minneapolis Lakers used the No. 1 overall pick in the 1958 NBA draft to select Baylor, then convinced him to skip his senior year at SU and instead join the pro ranks.
    More Details Hide Details The team, several years removed from its glory days of George Mikan, was in trouble on the court and at the gate. The year prior to Baylor's arrival the Lakers finished 19–53 with a squad that was slow, bulky and aging. Baylor, whom the Lakers signed to play for $20,000 per year (a great amount of money at the time), was the franchise's last shot at survival. With his superb athletic talents and all-round game, Baylor was seen as the kind of player who could save a franchise, and he did. According to Minneapolis Lakers owner Bob Short in a 1971 interview with the Los Angeles Times: "If he had turned me down then, I would have been out of business. The club would have gone bankrupt."
    Following his junior season, Baylor joined the Minneapolis Lakers in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details In his three collegiate seasons, one at Idaho and two at Seattle, Baylor averaged 31.3 points per game. He led the NCAA in rebounds during the 1956–57 season. Fifty-one years after Baylor left Seattle University, Seattle U named its basketball court in honor of him on November 19, 2009. The Redhawks now play on the Elgin Baylor Court in Seattle's KeyArena.
    Baylor led the Seattle University Chieftains (now known as the Redhawks) to the NCAA championship game in 1958, falling to the Kentucky Wildcats, Seattle's last trip to the Final Four.
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  • 1954
    Age 19
    On Feb 3, 1954 in a game against his old Phelps team, he scored 31 in the first half.
    More Details Hide Details Playing with 4 fouls the entire second half, Baylor scored 32 more points to establish a new DC area record with 63 points. This broke the point record of 52 that Western's Jim Wexler had set the year before when he broke Rabbit's record of 44. An inadequate scholastic record kept him out of college until a friend arranged a scholarship at the College of Idaho, where he was expected to play basketball and football. After one season, the school dismissed the head basketball coach and restricted the scholarships. A Seattle car dealer interested Baylor in Seattle University, and Baylor sat out a year to play for Westside Ford, an AAU team in Seattle, while establishing eligibility at Seattle.
    Baylor reappeared for the '54 season playing for the newly opened Spingarn High School and the 6'5, 190 lb senior was named 1st team All Met and won the SSA's Livingstone Trophy as the Area's Best Basketball player for 1954.
    More Details Hide Details He finished with a 36.1 average for his 8 Interhigh Division II league games.
  • 1934
    Born on September 16, 1934.
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