Elgin Baylor

Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, DC) was one of the most graceful and acrobatic forwards to ever play the game of basketball playing 13 seasons for the NBA's Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers.

Elgin Baylor played college basketball at the College of Idaho and Seattle University, leading the SU Chieftains to the NCAA championship game in 1958 (where they lost to the Kentucky Wildcats). Following his junior season, Baylor joined the Minneapolis Lakers for the 1958-1959 season and moving with them to Los Angeles in 1960.

In 1959, Baylor won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and from the 1960-61 to the 1962-63 seasons, he averaged 34.8, 38.3 and 34.0 points per game, leading the Lakers to the NBA Finals eight times (although never winning). Baylor was a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and went to the NBA All-Star Game 11 times.

Baylor began to be hampered with knee problems during the 1963-64 season and, while still a very powerful force, was never quite the same player, never averaging above 30 points per game again. During Baylor's career, the Lakers were a consistently powerful team, but were continuously overshadowed by the Boston Celtics dynasty of the time.

Baylor finally retired during the 1971-72 season because of his nagging knee problems. His retirement resulted in two great ironies. First, the Lakers' next game after his retirement was the first of an NBA record of 33 consecutive wins. Second, the Lakers went on to win the NBA Championship that season, something that Baylor never achieved. He finished his career with an astonishing 23,149 points, 3,650 assists and 11,463 rebounds over 846 games.

In 1974, Baylor was hired to be an assistant coach and later the head coach for the New Orleans Jazz, but had a lackluster 86-135 record and retired following the 1978-79 season. In 1986, Baylor was hired by the Los Angeles Clippers as the team's vice president of basketball operations, where he still is today.

In 1977, Baylor was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame and in 1980 he was named to the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team and again in 1996, he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Baylor ranked #11 on SLAM Magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of all time in 2003.


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Baylor ranked #11 on SLAM Magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of all time in 2003. Robinson is now an ordained Pastor. In 1977, Baylor was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame and in 1980 he was named to the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team and again in 1996, he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He jump-started the Carver Academy in San Antonio by donating $11 million. In 1986, Baylor was hired by the Los Angeles Clippers as the team's vice president of basketball operations, where he still is today. Robinson will not only be remembered for his outstanding accomplishments throughout his NBA career, but also for his contributions in his community. In 1974, Baylor was hired to be an assistant coach and later the head coach for the New Orleans Jazz, but had a lackluster 86-135 record and retired following the 1978-79 season. 17, 1994).

He finished his career with an astonishing 23,149 points, 3,650 assists and 11,463 rebounds over 846 games. He is one of only a small group of players to have scored over 20,000 career points in the NBA, and one of only four players to have recorded a quadruple-double (with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 blocks against the Detroit Pistons on Feb. Second, the Lakers went on to win the NBA Championship that season, something that Baylor never achieved. His career averages are of 21.1 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, 3.0 blocks per game and 2.5 assists per game. First, the Lakers' next game after his retirement was the first of an NBA record of 33 consecutive wins. Known as the "Twin Towers," he and then-league MVP Tim Duncan shared Sports Illustrated magazine's 2003 Sportsmen of the Year award. His retirement resulted in two great ironies. Robinson, who scored 13 points in his final game, credited God for the win.

Baylor finally retired during the 1971-72 season because of his nagging knee problems. On June 15, 2003, in what could perhaps be called a fitting finale to Robinson's career: the Spurs won the 2003 world championship with an 88-77 victory over the New Jersey Nets in Game Six of the 2003 NBA Finals. During Baylor's career, the Lakers were a consistently powerful team, but were continuously overshadowed by the Boston Celtics dynasty of the time. Robinson announced he would retire from basketball after the 2003 campaign and, in the Spurs' case, playoffs. Baylor began to be hampered with knee problems during the 1963-64 season and, while still a very powerful force, was never quite the same player, never averaging above 30 points per game again. Although Duncan was named the Finals MVP, many credited Robinson's leadership as the essential component in the championship run. Baylor was a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and went to the NBA All-Star Game 11 times. They beat the New York Knicks in five games to become the NBA world's championship team.

In 1959, Baylor won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and from the 1960-61 to the 1962-63 seasons, he averaged 34.8, 38.3 and 34.0 points per game, leading the Lakers to the NBA Finals eight times (although never winning). The combination of Robinson and second-year, seven-foot forward Tim Duncan was enough to win it all. Following his junior season, Baylor joined the Minneapolis Lakers for the 1958-1959 season and moving with them to Los Angeles in 1960. The Spurs were very successful in the first three rounds of the playoffs, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trailblazers with a combined record of 11-1. Elgin Baylor played college basketball at the College of Idaho and Seattle University, leading the SU Chieftains to the NCAA championship game in 1958 (where they lost to the Kentucky Wildcats). After playing a truncated 50 game season, the Spurs finished with a record of 37-13 which was the best in the NBA and gave the Spurs homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, DC) was one of the most graceful and acrobatic forwards to ever play the game of basketball playing 13 seasons for the NBA's Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers. The season began February 5, 1999, therefore making it literally the 1999 NBA season.

The lockout lasted for 202 days until ultimately a new CBA was agreed upon by both sides. Before the start of the 1998–1999 season, the NBA owners and David Stern locked out the players to force negotiation on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NBA Player's Association. Still, from 1991 to 1998, only the Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets were able to claim the NBA championship that Robinson desired so much. Robinson went on to win the NBA's MVP trophy in 1995, and in 1996 he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Robinson made the 1992 US Olympic Dream Team that won the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics, and he scored 71 points against the Clippers in the last game of the season to win the league scoring title over Shaquille O'Neal in 1994. The Spurs kept making the playoffs, but not winning the championship. He was named the NBA rookie of the year after that season and SEGA immediately produced a game starring David, named David Robinson's Supreme Court. Robinson was finally able to join the Spurs for the 1989–1990 season, and he helped the team make the playoffs, where they lost in seven games against eventual western conference champions Portland Trail Blazers.

Robinson continued to serve in a reserve role with the Navy and was regularly featured in recruiting materials for the service. aviation, the submarine corps, or many ships). In a mildly controversial move, the Navy excused him from three of the normal five years of his military commitment because his height made it impossible for him to be deployed in many roles (e.g. He was selected by the San Antonio Spurs, but had to wait two more years before he could join the NBA because he still had two years of duty left with the Navy.

Upon graduation, he was eligible for the 1987 NBA draft. In his last two years, he was a consensus All-American, and won college basketball's two most prestigious player awards, the Naismith and Wooden Awards, as a first classman (senior). By the time of his first basketball game for Navy, he was 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), and would eventually grow to 7'1" (2.16 m). He played NCAA basketball at the Naval Academy.

However, the academies do not drop students who grow past the limit after enrolling there, which would prove to be important to Robinson. To put this in perspective, virtually all male gymnasts are well under 6 feet (1.83 m) tall, and the service academies prohibit anyone taller than 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) from enrolling. This was even more impressive because he was 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) when he arrived at Annapolis. Robinson was an outstanding all-around athlete and chess player; during the physical tests that the Academy gave all of its incoming plebes, he scored higher on the gymnastics portions of the test than anyone in his class, except for the plebes who were slated to be on the Academy's gymnastics team.

He then enrolled in the US Naval Academy. After his father retired from the Navy, the family settled in Northern Virginia, where he attended high school. When Robinson was a youngster, he moved many times with his family, as his father was a Navy officer. Robinson is now on staff at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, where Max Lucado is the pulpit minister.

His nickname is The Admiral, based on his service as an officer in the United States Navy. A born-again Christian, Robinson is also an amateur musician who enjoys playing various instruments at home. David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965 in Key West, Florida) is an American former NBA basketball player, who was considered one of the greatest to ever play.

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