Elgin Baylor Rumors
Q: You enjoyed playing with Wilt? Jerry West: He was one of the most uniquely different people that I’ve ever been around in my life. I felt that at times he never felt he got the credit due him. The two of us were probably pretty easy targets, because you would think that someone of his stature would have won more than two NBA championships during his career, and it was grossly unfair how people looked at him like that. And hell, I had never won a championship playing alongside one of the truly great players who never gets his due, and that’s Elgin Baylor. I had kind of an interesting relationship with [Wilt], particularly our last year together [1972-73 season]. It was really interesting because many nights we would, unbeknownst to most people, we would go in his room or my room and have dinner, and talk about a lot of things, many of ’em not basketball related, to be honest with you. But I found him to be very introspective, also now in many ways like all of us, the insecurities that we all have sometimes as athletes. It’s easy to feel great about when you win championships.
Johnson said the recent revelations about Sterling support the accusations that former Clipper general manager Elgin Baylor made in a lawsuit, alleging that he was a victim of age and race discrimination, and that Sterling had a “plantation mentality.” “And now we all feel bad that we didn’t support [Baylor], because we should have,” Johnson said. “And everything that he said is coming to light today. ”
This is hardly the first unflattering story when it comes to Sterling, who purchased the team in 1981 for $12.5 million (according to Forbes Magazine). Clippers legend and former general manager Elgin Baylor accused him of having a “plantation mentality” in his unsuccessful lawsuit against Sterling. Sterling also paid millions to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice after being sued for discriminatory rental practices.