“Every time you compete, try harder to improve your last performance. Give nothing short of your very best effort.”
NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor
Elgin Baylor played in the NBA for more than 13 years. Baylor was an 11 time All-Star and was all NBA First Team 10 times. Baylor was the number one pick in the NBA Draft in 1958 by the Minneapolis Lakers. He was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year and the MVP of the League’s All Star Game in 1959. Baylor was the MVP of the NCAA Final four in 1958 while playing for Seattle University. Baylor averaged 27.4 points; 13.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in his NBA career.
Elgin Baylor was an incredible player – one who was quite acrobatic with his moves. Baylor would begin to drive to the basket and seem to “hang in the air” forever. The NBA never had seen anyone like him.
Baylor hit for 71 points in a game against the New York Knicks in 1960. It was not a sideshow. He did it within the framework of the team concept. Those of us who watched him mainly remember him for being a great scorer. He also was a very good rebounder.
During Baylor’s tenure with the Lakers they went to the finals eight times however they never won the Championship. Baylor retired early in the 1971-72 season due to injuries. Unfortunately for him they then won 33 straight games and the NBA Championship.
Baylor was the Head Coach of the New Orleans Jazz and GM of the LA Clippers for 22 years. The Los Angeles Lakers retired Baylor’s number 22 and Baylor was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977.