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 videos are meant for people of all ages who want to learn the great skills and drills that made him one of the best basketball players of all time. 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. The series contains four different videos, one on passing, ball-handling, shooting, and dribbling. In 1986, Baylor was hired by the Los Angeles Clippers as the team's vice president of basketball operations, where he still is today. Pistol Pete also came out with Pistol Pete's Homework Basketball video series. 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 1991, a biographical movie about him, Pistol Pete, was produced in Hollywood.

He finished his career with an astonishing 23,149 points, 3,650 assists and 11,463 rebounds over 846 games. His widow and their two sons accepted the honor in his place. Second, the Lakers went on to win the NBA Championship that season, something that Baylor never achieved. In 1996, he was named one of the 50 greatest NBA players in history by a panel made up of NBA historians, former players and coaches. First, the Lakers' next game after his retirement was the first of an NBA record of 33 consecutive wins. He was a 5-time All-Star, and led the league in points in 1977 when he scored 31.1 points a game. His retirement resulted in two great ironies. He scored 68 points in one game versus the New York Knicks and shares the record for most free throws made in a quarter with 14.

Baylor finally retired during the 1971-72 season because of his nagging knee problems. Maravich was a 24.4 points per game scorer in his NBA career, scoring 15,948 points in 688 games. During Baylor's career, the Lakers were a consistently powerful team, but were continuously overshadowed by the Boston Celtics dynasty of the time. After Maravich's death, Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer signed a proclamation officially naming the LSU home court the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. 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. An autopsy revealed that his death was due to a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect; he had been born with only one coronary artery instead of the normal two. Baylor was a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and went to the NBA All-Star Game 11 times. On January 5, 1988, while playing a pickup basketball game with a group that included Focus on the Family head James Dobson (Maravich was scheduled to appear on Dobson's radio show later that day), he collapsed and died of a heart attack at the age of only 40.

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). He was, and still is, the youngest player to be inducted. Following his junior season, Baylor joined the Minneapolis Lakers for the 1958-1959 season and moving with them to Los Angeles in 1960. Maravich was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. 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). He enjoyed the life of a retired basketball player. 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. In 1982 Pete Maravich found religion and became a motivational speaker, incorporating Christian faith into his message.

In the 1979-80 season the Jazz became the Utah Jazz, and Maravich was soon traded to the Boston Celtics, where he played for one season alongside Larry Bird before retiring. Many say that he had his best years in the NBA as a player while in New Orleans. After four years there, he was back in Louisiana upon being traded to the New Orleans Jazz. In November of 1970, Maravich started his NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks.

He graduated from LSU in 1970, but the respect he garnered among many of Louisiana's basketball fans would bring him back to that state soon. He scored a personal record of 69 points versus Alabama during a game that year, and garnered numerous other awards and college records. Maravich was named The Sporting News' player of the year in 1970. Many of his outside shots would be three-pointers today.

Second, he played more than 15 years before the NCAA instituted the three-point field goal. His records are even more remarkable for two reasons: First, in Maravich's time, freshmen were ineligible for varsity sports - meaning that he only had three years to compile his career point totals instead of the four years today's college players have. He scored a record 3,667 points for his career at LSU, which lasted from 1967-1970, and averaged 44.2 points per game for his career, also a record. This is where he, along with his trademark floppy gray socks, became legendary.

And so, in 1966, Pete decided to attend Louisiana State University, where his father was head basketball coach. During his years at those schools, he wowed college scouts with his ability to play his favorite sport. He attended three high schools as a teen: Daniel High School in Clemson, South Carolina, Needham Broughton in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Edward Military Institute in Salemburg, North Carolina. He decided on the guard position, the only position he would ever play.

Pete would spend hours practicing ball control tricks, passes, head fakes, and long range shots. His father Press Maravich, former player turned coach, showed Pete the fundamentals starting at age 7. Born in the Pittsburgh suburb of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania and of Serbian descent, Pete had seemed to marvel his family and friends with his basketball ability since he was young. Pete Maravich (June 22, 1947 - January 5, 1988), known in the basketball world as "Pistol Pete", was a legendary player who starred in college and for three NBA teams.

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