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Arash Markazi: Here’s hoping the Lakers wear the Elgin Baylor inspired ‘City’ and ‘Classic’ edition jerseys the rest of the season. pic.twitter.com/gmwwxreJSL
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.”
Michael Lee: I spoke to a couple of people, including a Hall of Fame legend, about Elgin Baylor. I won’t reveal the HOFer yet but it was an honor to have him share how much Baylor influenced his game. Learned some things I didn’t know. Looking forward to sharing what they had to say in the AM
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue says Jerry West is crushed by Elgin Baylor’s death.
Brad Turner: Keith Jones recalled how Elgin Baylor hired Jones in 1990 as the “first African American trainer in the NBA.” “He gave me my chance. Elgin was a great man.” Jones is now the senior VP of Basketball Operations/Head Athletic Trainer with Houston Rockets. “I loved the man.”
Tom Orsborn: Pop on growing up watching Elgin Baylor: “(He) played a game that at the time nobody could handle. He was really fun to watch. I was a young guy and just watching him play with all his feints and fakes and double-pumps and everything. He was different from everybody else.”
Brad Turner: Ron Harper, by Elgin Baylor in 1989, has a request for the Clippers. “The Los Angeles Clippers better retire his jersey. Yep as an executive. That should be the first one they retire. I don’t know who jersey they going to retire, but if they don’t retire Elgin, something is wrong. Something is wrong with that place. I don’t care what nobody tell me.”
Mark Medina: Pat Riley on Elgin Baylor’s passing: ““Besides being one of the greatest players in the history of the game, Elgin Baylor was one of the classiest, most dignified men of integrity I have ever met. He will be missed.”
Brad Turner: Lakers legend @Magic Johnson on the great Elgin Baylor: “I really believe he was really the first Showtime. He was Showtime before Showtime. I think we just followed his lead. He was Showtime before Showtime and I want to give him that love and respect because it’s true.”
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.
“I’m very sad,” said West, reached by phone Monday afternoon. “I guess I’m grateful to have shared some incredible times with him. He was just one of those unique individuals. “I just learned so much from him about how to carry yourself as a player, a person. Most of all, the times we spent together after games. … Oh my God. The respect you gain for someone like him. He went out of his way to be helpful to me in terms of growing up, sharing things with me, which I know I will cherish the rest of my life, I know that. He was just a great human being.”
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.”
Marc J. Spears: NBA commissioner Adam Silver on the passing of Elgin Baylor pic.twitter.com/vha8YCiRpc
Thaddeus Young: Rest in peace the legend Elgin Baylor ….
Garrett Temple: Rest In Peace to the Legend Elgin Baylor!! 🙏🏾
Magic Johnson: RIP to the NBA’s first high flyer, Lakers Legend, & Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor. Before there was Michael Jordan doing amazing things in the air, there was Elgin Baylor! A true class act and great man, I’ll always appreciate the advice he shared with me when I first came into the pic.twitter.com/khPRc73gqW
Karl-Anthony Towns: RIP to one of the best to ever touch a basketball, Elgin Baylor 🙏🏽🕊
Andrew Wiggins: RIP to a pioneer and legend of the game Elgin Baylor 🙏🏾❤️
Eddie Johnson: One of the best players ever and I am so blessed that I got to spend four hours playing golf with him multiple times 🙏🏿🙏🏿RIP ALL- TIME GREAT theathletic.com/news/elgin-bay…
Markieff Morris: Rip to the legend Elgin Baylor! 🙏🏾🙏🏾
Jamal Crawford: RIP to the Legend Elgin Baylor 🙌🏾🙏🏾.
StatMuse: Players with multiple seasons of 30+ PPG, 18+ RPG in NBA history: 1. Wilt Chamberlain, who was 7’1″ 2. Elgin Baylor, who was 6’5″ (Submitted by @AhaanRungta) pic.twitter.com/rQY0SH8MoJ
Mark Medina: Lakers governor Jeanie Buss on Elgin Baylor: “Elgin was THE superstar of his era.” pic.twitter.com/G7KU6LHWmd
Shams Charania: NBA and Lakers legend Elgin Baylor has passed away from natural causes at age of 86, team says.
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Tommy Beer: Oh man… The French Prince Frank Ntilikina says goodbye to New York in a video posted to his Instagram page. getting dusty in here pic.twitter.com/8q8hi6LCsl
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Keith Smith: Jarrell Brantley, who played for the Utah Jazz for the last two season, has signed with BC UNICS in Kazan, Russia. BC UNICS also signed former NBAer O.J. Mayo. Mayo last played in the NBA in in 2015-16 with the Milwaukee Bucks.
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“I’m optimistic about our team,” added Ballmer. “I’m optimistic about our team success, and that optimism is a force multiplier. In many ways, the reason we did this is consistent with that optimism as a force multiplier approach.”
The Clippers owner also paid the town of Inglewood $66.2 million for the land where Intuit Dome will sit. The Clippers will get some of that back, though. Intuit, the software company that makes Turbo Tax, will pay the team more than $500 million for a 23-year naming rights slot. That deal only enhanced Ballmer’s optimism. “This stadium is about being optimistic about our team,” Ballmer said. “It’s about being optimistic about our fans. Get in the building, pump up, make energy,” Ballmer added, clapping his hands. “Your energy can feed our team to greater success.”