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. The stereotypical image of a leprechaun bedecked in green is particularly strong in the United States, where it is widely used for a variety of purposes, both commercial and non-commercial. 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. Many Irish people find the popularised image of a leprechaun to be little more than a series of offensive Irish stereotypes and a trivialisation of Ireland's rich and ancient culture. In 1986, Baylor was hired by the Los Angeles Clippers as the team's vice president of basketball operations, where he still is today. Movies, television cartoons and advertising have popularized a specific image of leprechauns which bears scant resemblance to anything found in the cycles of Irish mythology. 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. The term leprechaun language, used by some Unionists in Northern Ireland, is a pejorative for the Irish language.

He finished his career with an astonishing 23,149 points, 3,650 assists and 11,463 rebounds over 846 games. Leprechauns have also been used in jokes regarding fiscal irresponsibility, the idea being that the politician or political party being attacked has found a pot of gold, or is going to ask a leprechaun for the location of such a pot, accommodating their spending. Second, the Lakers went on to win the NBA Championship that season, something that Baylor never achieved. Costello addressing the Oireachtas in 1963:. First, the Lakers' next game after his retirement was the first of an NBA record of 33 consecutive wins. This can be seen from this example of John A. His retirement resulted in two great ironies. In the politics of the Republic of Ireland, leprechauns have been used to refer to the twee aspects of the tourist industry in Ireland [17] [18].

Baylor finally retired during the 1971-72 season because of his nagging knee problems. The cluricaun is considered by some to be merely a leprechaun on a spree [16]. During Baylor's career, the Lakers were a consistently powerful team, but were continuously overshadowed by the Boston Celtics dynasty of the time. Some writers even go as far as to substitute these second two less well-known spirits for the leprechaun in stories or tales to reach a wider audience. 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. The leprechaun is related to the cluricaun and the far darrig in that he is a solitary creature. Baylor was a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and went to the NBA All-Star Game 11 times. The modern image of the leprechaun is almost invariant: he is depicted wearing an emerald green frock coat, and bestowed with the knowledge of the location of buried treasure, often in a crock of gold.

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). [15]. Following his junior season, Baylor joined the Minneapolis Lakers for the 1958-1959 season and moving with them to Los Angeles in 1960. Some commentators accuse Allingham of leaving the legacy of the modern image of the leprechaun described below. 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). In a poem entitled The Lepracaun; or, Fairy Shoemaker, the 18th century Irish poet William Allingham describes the appearance of the leprechaun as:. 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. Yeats, in his 1888 book entitled Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry describes the leprechaun as follows:.

Samuel Lover, writing in the 1831 describes the leprechaun as,. The leprechaun originally had a different appearance depending on where in Ireland he was found.[11] Prior to the 20th century, it was generally agreed that the leprechaun wore red and not green. In other stories they are told of riding shepherds' dogs through the night, leaving the dogs exhausted and dirty in the morning. [10].

the leprechaun shouts at her that she is being chased by a swarm of bees, but when she looks around there are no bees and the leprechaun is vanished. She takes him up in her hand and sets out to find the treasure, but all of a sudden she hears a louds buzzing behind her. In another story, a young girl finds a leprechaun and bids him show her the location of his buried money. Upon his return he finds that every weed in the field has been tied with an identical red ribbon, thus making it impossible to find the treasure.[8] [9].

Releasing the leprechaun, he leaves to get a shovel. The farmer ties a red ribbon to the plant, first extracting a promise from the leprechaun not to remove the ribbon. The leprechaun assures him that the treasure is buried in an open field beneath a particular ragwort plant. A farmer or young lad captures a leprechaun and forces him to reveal the location of his buried treasure.

Many tales present the leprechaun as outwitting a human, as in the following example:. By nature, leprechauns are said to be ill-natured and mischievous, with a mind for cunning. Among the most popular of beliefs about leprechauns is that they are extremely wealthy and like to hide their gold in secret locations, which can only be revealed if a person were to actually capture and interrogate a leprechaun for its money. Although rarely seen in social situations, leprechauns are supposedly very well spoken and, if ever spoken to, could make good conversation.

Their pastime is in the making of shoes for other faerie folk such as themselves. In most tales and stories leprechauns are depicted as genuinely harmless creatures who enjoy solitude and live in remote locations, although opinion is divided as to if they ever enjoy the company of other spirits. The tales are usually told conversationally as any other occurrence might be told, whereas there is a certain solemnity about the repetition of a folk-tale proper. Stories about leprechauns are generally very brief and generally have local names and scenery attached to them.

Leprechauns rarely appear in what would be classed as a folk tale, in almost all cases the interest of these stories centres round a human hero. Some alternative spellings of the word leprechaun that have been used throughout the ages are; leprechawn, lepracaun and lubberkin. The original meaning was of some kind of spirit and not specifically associated with the Irish mythological character:[6]. The word leprechaun was first recorded used in the English language in 1604 in Middleton and Dekker's The Honest Whore as lubrican.

Another derivation has the word "leprechaun" deriving from luch-chromain, meaning "little stooping Lugh", Lugh being the name of a leader of the Tuatha Dé Danann.[5]. An alternative derivation for the name, and the one quoted by the Oxford English Dictionary, is leath bhrógan, meaning shoe-maker — the leprechaun is known as the fairy shoemaker of Ireland and is often portrayed working on a single shoe.[4]. This is the etymology given in the Collins English Dictionary.[3]. One of the most widely accepted theories is that the name comes from the Irish Gaelic word leipreachán, defined by Dinneen as "a pigmy, a sprite, a leprechaun; for luchorpán"; the latter word Dinneen defines as "a pigmy, a leprechaun; 'a kind of aqueous sprite'";[2] this word has also been identified as meaning "half-bodied", or "small-bodied".

There are a number of possible etymologies of the name "leprechaun". . [1] While anyone keeps his eye fixed upon them, they cannot escape, but the moment the eye is withdrawn they vanish. They are said to be very rich, having many treasure crocks buried during war-time.

Their trade is that of a cobbler or shoemaker and they are often described as being seen working on a single shoe. They usually take the form of an old man and enjoy partaking in mischief. Leprechauns and other creatures of Irish mythology are often associated with "faerie forts" or "faerie rings" — often the sites of ancient (Celtic or pre-Celtic) earthworks or drumlins. They are a class of "faerie folk" associated in Irish mythology and folklore, as with all faeries, with the Tuatha Dé Danann and other quasi-historical races said to have inhabited Ireland before the arrival of the Celts.

In Irish mythology, a leprechaun (Modern Irish: leipreachán) is a type of male elf said to inhabit the island of Ireland. a familiar which increases the amount of meat recieved from killing an enemy in the online game Kingdom of Loathing. former Deep Purple guitarist Richie Blackmore often dresses up as a leprechaun for promotional photo shots and when playing live. Lucky Charms breakfast cereal.

the Wagga Brothers emblem. the Boston Celtics logo. the mascot of the University of Notre Dame. Alosha Trilogy, by Christopher Pike.

The books of Herminie Templeton Kavanagh, on which Darby O'Gill and the Little People was based. Rowling. K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer. Spellbreaker: Secret of The Leprechauns. Leapin' Leprechauns.

The Luck of the Irish (Disney Channel Original Movies). Kabouter Plop (Plop the Leprechaun). Treehouse of Horror XII, an episode of The Simpsons. Finian's Rainbow.

Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Leprechaun.

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