The sad news is coming from Los Angeles - a member of the Hall of Fame, a long-time Clippers operative, and a player with a rich career, Elgin Baylor, passed away at the age of 86. According to the American media, Baylor died a natural death in the family circle.
Elgin Baylor is considered one of the best NBA basketball players of all time. He was All-Star eleven times, and on ten occasions he was selected in the top five of the competition during his fourteen professional seasons, from 1958 to 1971.
He was also named Rookie in 1959, and then he was the MVP of the All-Star Game of the same season. During his career, he recorded an average double-double of 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds. With the Lakers, who moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960, Baylor played in nine NBA finals but never won the title.
He was defeated by Boston as many as three times in a series of seven games. Even today, he holds the record for the number of points scored in one final game. He packed 61 points against the Celtics in 1962. Baylor became the first player to score 70 points in a game, which he did against the New York Knicks in November 1960.
That was the Lakers' record until Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against Toronto in 2006. He retired in the early phase of the 1971/72 season due to knee problems. He missed winning the title, as the Lakers just broke the ice and won the Knicks in five games that season
Coaching and first operative job
Shortly after finishing his playing career, Baylor became the coach of the New Orleans Jazz, where he stayed for three years.
He failed to bring the team to the playoffs, which is why he withdrew on his own. In 1986, he found a job in the Clippers, where he became the club's first operative. He stayed there for less than 23 years! He was chosen as the sports worker of the year in the 2005/06 season since the Clippers went to the semifinals of the West with 47 victories.
They won the first NBA series after 1976. He retired from the position of the first operative in 2009, at the age of 74. He finished his career as a sports worker in the Clippers with a score of 607-1153. It was later revealed that one of the reasons for his departure from the club was racism, as he was a victim of racist insults, which is why he filed a lawsuit against the Clippers in 2011.
Baylor was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977. He then became the sixth Lakers player to be granted such status. The Lakers withdrew his jersey with the number "22" from use in 1983.