Elgin Baylor Rumors

“It’s hard to say Kobe wasn’t the greatest one,” West told USA TODAY Sports. “But you can’t discard Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You can’t discard Elgin Baylor. You can’t discard Shaquille O’Neal. You can’t discard Earvin Johnson.” You can’t discard Johnson, who set franchise records for most triple doubles (138), most assists in a game (24) and empowered two Hall of Famers (Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy) and countless role players for nearly a decade. “He was an incredible leader and he made people play as a team because of his unselfishness and incredible feel for the game,” West said. “When I watched him, I used to say to myself, ‘Here is a player that everyone would like to play with because of his ability to lead and to bring players along with him.’”
“Elgin should be the model,” Erving said in an interview Monday, also mentioning the influence of Connie Hawkins. “He should be the poster man.” Before he became Dr. J, Erving was a Baylor fan, so much so that he describes his first encounter with Baylor — many years after he was mesmerized by what he saw on the screen — as “mouth-dropping.” “He was definitely an innovator and ahead of his time,” Erving said. “The driving and the versatility and the dexterity, — that was an art form. He’s one of the guys, if you want to ask the question about playing in today’s game, he would fit right in with today’s game. No question about it.”
Bijan C. Bayne, author of Baylor’s biography, “Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball,” shared the story of how legendary sportswriter Frank Deford wrote a letter to the editor of New York magazine after it published a story touting pop artist Andy Warhol as the originator of the word “superstar.” Deford, then a famed Sports Illustrated scribe, explained that the word, which had yet to make its way into a dictionary, had never been used until it was made in reference to Baylor. “He actually added a very important word to the lexicon because of his brilliance,” Bayne said of Baylor.

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