Elgin Baylor Rumors
Dwight Howard was a force. The center finished with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Seven of his boards came on the offensive end (more on that later). He was 10 of 13 from the field and, more impressive, 7 of 10 from the free-throw line. Howard set several career milestones in the win. He surpassed the 16,000 career-point mark and now stands at 16,009. He passed Elgin Baylor for 26th on the all-time NBA/ABA rebound list and now stands at 11,465. There is more. He also moved past Kevin Garnett for 24th place on the all-time offensive rebound list and now has 3,212. “It’s a blessing to play this long,” Howard said. “Thirteen years is a long time in this league. I’m just thankful that I’m happy and I can still play.”
Shaw feels Kobe is the greatest Lakers player that he has seen despite their storied history. “For me he is the greatest Laker. I did not play with Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul Jabbar or Magic Johnson. Earlier the Lakers lost a lot of championships as much they won, but Kobe won five out of the seven finals that he played in. For me he is either the No 1or No 2 along with Magic.”
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.