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Hall of Fame NBA forward Elgin Baylor was a prolific scorer and rebounder for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers.
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While still an offensive force, he never dominated the game as he did during the first five seasons of his career. In all, Baylor played 14 years in the NBA, all with the Lakers. And while playing with the likes of Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain, he made the franchise a perennial winner, but he never won an NBA title.
After sustaining a season-ending knee injury in the 1971 season,
Baylor returned the following year, but managed to play in only nine games before retiring. His career averages included 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. He was named a member of the All-NBA First Team in 10 of his 14 seasons and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977.
Not long after retiring, Baylor became a coach. After three years as an assistant coach for expansion team the New Orleans Jazz, he became head coach during the 1976-77 season. He finished out the year and continued to lead the franchise for two more years.
In 1986, the Los Angeles Clippers hired Baylor as vice president of basketball operations, a position he held for the next 22 seasons.
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