Lakers Legend Elgin Baylor Passes Away at 86. Los Angeles Lakers legend Elgin Baylor has passed away at the age of 86 due to natural causes, the Los Angeles Lakers tweeted today.
“Elgin was the love of my life and my best friend. 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.”
Baylor’s wife, Elaine, said in a press statement released by the Lakers.
Baylor was born on September 16, 1934. He played one season at the College of Idaho, then transferred to Seattle University. He led Seattle to its first NCAA championship before being drafted first by the Lakers in 1958.
Baylor averaged 24.9 points, 15.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists en route to winning rookie of the year in 1959. The legend spent 14 seasons with the Lakers before retiring in the 1971-72 season.
Among Baylor’s career highlights are 10 First Team All-NBA appearances and 11 All-Star honors. He was also selected to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Baylor was introduced into the Hall of Fame in 1977. His No. 22 jersey was retired on November 3, 1983. The Lakers unveiled a statue of Baylor on April 6, 2018, at the STAPLES Center.
“Rest In Peace to one of the best people ever! Lucky enough to meet him with my time here in LA, and he was a great guy!”
Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers tweeted following the news of Baylor’s death.