The Los Angeles Lakers honored another of their authorization icons by phenomenon an Elgin Baylor statue. Baylor assimilated Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chick Hearn, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Jerry West as Lakers who are enshrined in Star Plaza outward Staples Center.
The rite drew a who’s who of NBA royalty, many particularly former Boston Celtics good Bill Russell. Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O’Neal and West were among those to pronounce during a eventuality that was emceed by Stu Lantz.
While Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson and of march West were good wakeful of usually how gifted Baylor was, O’Neal was of a opposite generation. “Elgin, I’m a small immature to now about you,” he said.
“But when we listen to guys like Magic Johnson, Dr. J, and (Michael) Jordan speak about a greats, your name always came up. So finally we Googled you.
“And let me say, we were a bad man. Seventy-one points? we usually had 61. Executive of a Year, Rookie of a Year, and we did all that while in a Army Reserve. we never knew that. … And, you’re a good looking dude!”
Baylor was comparison by Minneapolis No. 1 altogether in a 1958 Draft. He fast done an impact, averaging 24.9 points per game, 15 rebounds and 4.1 assists en track to earning Rookie of a Year.
Baylor is a Lakers’ all-time heading rookie scorer with 1,742 points. Overall, a Hall-of-Famer ranks initial in authorization story in rebounds (11,463), third in points (23,149) and sixth in assists (3,650).
Baylor averaged 30 points in any of a initial 3 seasons after a group changed to Los Angeles. His stardom is credited for gripping a authorization afloat. Baylor’s 61 points opposite a Boston Celtics in Game 5 of a 1962 NBA Finals still resides as an all-time record.
He was 11-time All-Star over a camber of a 14-year career that was spent wholly with a Lakers franchise. They late Baylor’s No. 22 jersey on Nov. 9, 1963.
“This is really well-deserved,” O’Neal said. “I can remember being in high propagandize and they always talked about a Laker greats. Your name always came up, no questions asked. I’m respected to be here.”