NBA Rumor: Elgin Baylor Death

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An 11-time All-Star, Baylor averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game for his career – one of only four players in league history to average at least 25 points and 10 rebounds – and once scored a career-high 71 points in a game in 1960. The Hall of Famer went to eight NBA Finals, but never won a championship. He retired due to knee injuries early in the Lakers’ 1971-72 championship season. “Elgin defined the forward position for my generation in terms of buckets and rebounding,” former NBA star Marques Johnson told The Undefeated. “Made it a thing to finish with creativity around the basket, reverses, tough-angle spins. Was Eurostepping in the ’60s.”

Jerry West on Elgin Baylor: A great human being

A somber Jerry West collected his thoughts as he reflected on his friendship and the bond he developed with former Lakers teammate Elgin Baylor. Baylor died Monday at 86, and West was saddened by the news but also, he said, grateful for the time the two of them had together. West and Baylor played 11-plus seasons together with the Los Angeles Lakers, becoming known as two of the best players in the game.

West, 82, said he wondered how Baylor felt about missing out on the opportunity to win a championship. The Lakers had lost in the NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics six times during the 1960s. “I couldn’t ever ask him this question: I often wonder how he felt to see us win a championship and he only played about [nine] games that year,” West said. “When he retired, we won 33 straight games. I wonder what he felt like. With me, I would have probably felt like, ‘Oh, my God, how can I be just this incredible player and, without me, we win 33 straight games and win a championship.’ “I could never bring myself to ask him that. Never. I’m sure he felt like. … Who knows what he felt like? This will be a very reflective day for me, that’s for sure.”
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