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A towering figure in basketball history, Elgin Baylor was a major influence on players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and an outspoken yet enigmatic sports pioneer. The first biography of the Hall-of-Famer shares the story of his childhood, college career, professional life, and profound influence on the game of basketball. In in-depth interviews, Baylor himself divulges what it was like to costar with his Los Angeles Lakers teammate and cultural opposite, small-town West Virginian Jerry West, as well as his thoughts on his stylistic heirs Jordan and Bryant. Featuring interviews with Baylor's old schoolyard companions, his teammates and opponents, the players he coached in the NBA, noted sports journalists, and NBA executives, Elgin Baylor by Bijan Bayne is an exploration of an athlete, his background, his times, and the game he helped shape.
Publisher: Clerisy Press