Los Angeles Lakers Legend and Hall of Famer Passes Away at 86
Monday was a devastating day for the basketball world as news broke on the passing of Los Angeles Lakers legend and Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor.
Baylor, who played 14 seasons with the Lakers, passed away at 86.
“Elgin was the love of my life and my best friend,” his wife, Elaine, said in a statement released by the team. “And like everyone else, I was in awe of his immense courage, dignity, and the time he gave to all fans. At this time, we ask that I and our family be allowed to mourn his passing in privacy.”
Elgin Baylor: Forever part of our Lakers Family. pic.twitter.com/zcRhVUSSmx
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 22, 2021
According to the team, the 11-time All-Star passed of natural causes with his family by his bedside.
“You could not stop Elgin from driving to the basket,” the Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson wrote in his 2010 autobiography when mentioning the Laker great. “You sure couldn’t out-jump him, or hang in the air any longer than he did. Elgin, was the first and original high flier.”
For his career, Baylor averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game while accumulating a 104.2 win share. He would never win a championship with the storied Lakers franchise, but will go down as one of the all-time greats!
Rest in peace, Mr. Inside!