Elgin Baylor Rumors
The Lakers honored Baylor with a video tribute featuring former teammates, fellow Laker legends and notable adversaries, including West, Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Pat Riley, Bill Russell, James Worthy, Jamaal Wilkes, Gail Goodrich and Walt Frazier. “Before there was Dr. J [Julius Erving] and a guy named Michael Jordan, there was Elgin Baylor,” Magic Johnson said in the tribute.
The Lakers selected Baylor with the first overall pick in 1958. According to former Lakers and current team color commentator Stu Lantz, Baylor’s arrival — and immediate success and excellence — likely saved the Minneapolis Lakers franchise from vanishing altogether. “Rumor has it that the Minneapolis Lakers, had they not been able to get Elgin, they may have gone under,” said Lantz, who moderated the ceremony. “In essence, Elgin kind of saved the Lakers. That’s some of the reasons why we’re here today.”
Magic Johnson: Congratulations to Elgin Baylor on having his statue at STAPLES center unveiled tonight! A player of his caliber deserves to be commemorated with such a great honor. pic.twitter.com/tK3MYPRBUM