The Lakers denounced a statue of Elgin Baylor before Friday night’s home diversion opposite a Minnesota Timberwolves.
Baylor’s statue became a sixth that decorates a front of Staples Center, fasten Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Chick Hearn.
“I positively conclude all a smashing things people have pronounced about me,” Baylor said. “But but a smashing teammates, (this) positively wouldn’t have been possible. I’d only like to appreciate my teammates.”
The Lakers comparison Baylor initial altogether in a 1958 NBA draft. He averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds in 14 seasons for a franchise, including a initial dual when it played in Minneapolis.
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Various Lakers alumni spoke during Baylor’s ceremony, including O’Neal, Johnson, West and Abdul-Jabbar. Johnson pronounced Baylor put party into a NBA, and will always remember that Baylor set a Finals record for single-game points opposite a Boston Celtics on a road.
“You did some things that Dr. J, Michael Jordan, Kobe (Bryant), myself, we couldn’t do,” Johnson said. “I attempted to do it. we only couldn’t hang that prolonged in a air.”
Bryant supposing his summary to Baylor around video.
“I’ve stole so many of your moves, it’s not even funny,” Bryant said.
West hold behind tears when vocalization about a loyalty between him and Baylor. The dual played together in Los Angeles.
“This is one of a biggest group I’ve ever met in my live,” West said.
Baylor was inducted into a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977. He done a NBA All-Star group 11 times, and won a All-Star Game MVP Award in 1958-59, a same year he was Rookie of a Year.
Baylor was named to a All-NBA First Team 10 times in his career, and binds a all-time record for many points in an NBA Finals diversion (61).
Baylor was a initial actor in NBA story to measure some-more than 70 points in a game. He scored 71 opposite a New York Knicks on Nov. 15, 1960.