The NBA world mourns the passing of an American wedge ball legend. Within days of news of Sean Bradley being paralyzed after a car accident while riding his bike, the NBA is now facing grave grief. Former Los Angeles Lakers star Elgin Baylor has passed away at the age of 86.
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Elgin Baylor has been the protagonist alongside Jerry West for more than a decade winning 11 calls to the All-Star Game, but never winning the NBA title. Prior to his time, Baylor was in the League Quintet 10 times, and ended up in the Hall of Fame and in 1996 was among the 50 greatest players of all time. Among his personal records are the scores that he retired from, 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds, and above all, the record for most points in a final: 61. He also holds the record for the best player in the history of the franchise before Karim Abdul. – Titanic and Kobe Bryant. However, despite being one of the most successful teams in the NBA and one of the stars of this moment, Baylor never won the NBA ring, something that always haunted him. In 1972, fate turned cruel: he retired with a knee injury and the next day, without him for the first time in 13 years, the Lakers began their best-winning streak in sports history in the United States: 33. At the end of that year his team won the championship that fate denied to Baylor . Despite everything, the Lakers pulled their number 22 on November 3, 1983 and a statue of it adorns one of the entrances to the Staples Center.
After his football career, he was assistant coach with jazz in 1974 and then held the position of coach until 1979. He also held the position of general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers for 22 years, until the 2008-09 season.
Baylor died at the age of 86 of natural causes, as stated in the statement, which also mentioned the words of his wife, Eileen:It was the love of my life and my best friend. Like all the others who surrounded him, I was mesmerized by his courage, dignity, and time he always devoted to all of his fans. What my family and I are asking for now is the opportunity to mourn his death in private“.