Label Medina, USA TODAY
Revealed 2: 54 p.m. ET March 22, 2021 | Updated 3: 22 p.m. ET March 22, 2021
Worn Los Angeles Lakers player and Hall-of-Famer Elgin Baylor died on Monday at the age of 86, in which the organization described as “peacefully” and of “natural causes.”
“Elgin became once THE superstar of his generation – his many accolades focus on to that,” Lakers Governor Jeanie Buss mentioned in a statement. “He became once one among the few Lakers gamers whose occupation spanned from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. But more importantly he became once a man of great integrity, even serving his country as a U.S. Navy reservist, repeatedly enjoying for the Lakers easiest at some level of his weekend pass. He’s one among the all-time Lakers greats with his No. 22 jersey retired within the rafters and his statue standing guard in front of STAPLES Center. He’ll consistently be fraction of the Lakers legacy. On behalf of your entire Lakers household, I’d capture to ship my thoughts, prayers and condolences to Elaine and the Baylor household.”
Baylor is amongst six Lakers luminaries to possess a statue outdoor of Staples Center, including Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and veteran team announcer Chick Hearn. Baylor is moreover amongst 10 Lakers gamers to possess their jersey retired, including Johnson, West, Abdul-Jabbar, O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, James Mighty, Gail Goodrich and Jamaal Wilkes. And Baylor entered the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame after a hit an NBA championship (1972), posted an NBA Finals story 61 parts in Sport 5 of the 1961 NBA Finals against Boston, a hit the league’s rookie of the One year award (1959) and making 11 All-Star appearances.
However the Lakers repeatedly believed that Baylor remained underappreciated at some level of his 14-One year NBA occupation with the franchise in Minneapolis and Los Angeles.
A torn Achilles tendon restricted Baylor to 2 video games within the 1970-71 season. Baylor easiest played nine video games the next One year sooner than retiring. That marked the identical season the Lakers received their first NBA championship in Los Angeles and an NBA story 33 consecutive video games. Baylor then had teaching stints with the Original Orleans Jazz and a front-administrative heart function with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Aloof, Baylor had a convincing function within the Lakers’ neatly off history.
After they selected Baylor with their first make a selection within the 1958 NBA draft, the Minneapolis Lakers signed him to a $20,000 contract. Had Baylor turned down the provide, veteran Lakers proprietor Bob Instant contended the franchise would possess long past bankrupt. As an alternative the Lakers relocated to Los Angeles in 1960.
Baylor then averaged greater than 30 parts in three seasons and at least 20 in eight seasons. He done his 23,149 parts, 3,650 assists and 11,463 rebounds thank to a operating bank shot, sturdy athleticism and footwork.
The Lakers mentioned that Baylor became once surrounded by his better half, Elaine, and his daughter, Krystal, at some level of his passing. The Lakers added that his funeral providers and products are pending.
“Elgin became once the relish of my existence and my finest buddy,” Elaine Baylor mentioned in a statement. “And like all people else, I became once in dread of his big courage, dignity and the time he gave to all followers. At this time we ask that I and our household be allowed to mourn his passing in privacy.”