Elgin Baylor, the Lakers star who was selected 11 times for the NBA All-Star Game, dies of natural causes
Elgin Baylor, the Lakers star who was selected 11 times to the NBA All-Star Game, passed away Monday of natural causes. He was 86 years old.
The Lakers reported that Baylor passed away in Los Angeles in the company of his wife, Elaine, and daughter Krystal. A master of exquisite shooting and acrobatic movements, Baylor was a major contributor to the basketball revolution, moving from under the rim to passing style.
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss praised Taylor as “THE superstar of his era,” noting that countless accolades confirm this. His second career as an executive for the Los Angeles Clippers was not as successful. He worked with the Clippers from 1986 to 2008, leaving the team on bad terms, filing an unsuccessful lawsuit against owner Donald Sterling and the NBA in which he alleged racial and age discrimination.
Baylor was the first NBA player to exceed 70 points in a game, scoring 71 on December 11, 1960, against New York.