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Lakers unveil statue of Elgin Baylor outside Staples Center



The Lakers revealed a statue of Elgin Baylor before Friday night's home amusement against the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

Baylor's statue turned into the 6th that embellishes the front of Staples Center, joining Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Chick Hearn.

"I certainly appreciate all the wonderful things people have said about me," Baylor said. "But without the wonderful teammates, (this) certainly wouldn't have been possible. I'd just like to thank my teammates."

The Lakers chose Baylor first generally speaking in the 1958 NBA draft. He arrived at the midpoint of 27.4 focuses and 13.5 bounce back in 14 seasons for the establishment, including the initial two when it played in Minneapolis. 


Different Lakers graduated class talked amid Baylor's function, including O'Neal, Johnson, West and Abdul-Jabbar. Johnson said Baylor place excitement into the NBA, and will recollect forget that Baylor set the Finals record for single-diversion focuses against the Boston Celtics out and about.


"You did some things that Dr. J, Michael Jordan, Kobe (Bryant), myself, we couldn't do," Johnson said. "I tried to do it. I just couldn't hang that long in the air."
Bryant provided his message to Baylor via video.
"I've stole so many of your moves, it's not even funny," Bryant said.
West held back tears when speaking about the friendship between him and Baylor. The two played together in Los Angeles.
"This is one of the greatest men I've ever met in my life," West said. Baylor was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977. He made the NBA All-Star team 11 times, and won the All-Star Game MVP Award in 1958-59, the same year he was Rookie of the Year.
Baylor was named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times in his profession, and holds the untouched record for most focuses in a NBA Finals amusement (61). 
Baylor was the primary player in NBA history to score in excess of 70 focuses in an amusement. He scored 71 against the New York Knicks on Nov. 15, 1960.

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