In today’s episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Legends Podcast host Kyle Belanger speaks with 11X NBA All-Star, and Class of 1977 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Elgin Baylor.
Publish Date: Mar 25, 2021
That brings me to introducing our guest today. 1977 A Smith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrine E, an 11 time NBA All Star, a 10 time All NBA first team. Er, his number 22 retired appropriately in two places to is all over the place. L. A Lakers and Seattle University. He's an N C double a Final Four most outstanding player, the number one overall pick in the 1958 NBA draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. And as if he can't do it just on the court, the NBA's executive of the year in 2006, he is obviously Elgin Baylor. Mr. Baylor, thank you so much for joining me today. You're certainly welcome. So let's start working backwards because there really is so much to cover. After the playing career was over, you pretty quickly transition to the coaching life and then to the front office. Do you remember any difficulties you might have had making that transition? Or was it a pretty seamless move for you personally? Yeah, And think about what? Once you retired, you know, Coach, you know you are, you know, teaching, demonstrating, trying to get the player to do what's needed to win. And when you're a player, you are doing it doing what's needed to win. And you know that is not to eat the state to do. But when your general manager, you, you, you, you removed, you know, from the start start you're trying to get a player for the coach, to teach and to hope the player can reform that the coaches, the coaches program, works for the player and for, you know, for the team. There's so many different roles. And to be able to do them excellently has to be different. Skill sets. Yeah, but at the bottom line is you know, it balls down to control. You know, Player has more direct contact, you know, on the court, the coach works to get the players to, you know, to perform, to win. And as a GM you work with, you know, many limitations to provide, you know, to provide the coach with players and that he thinks that will be executed program, you know, to be successful. Yes, sir. As a player, your skills are still eye popping over 23,000 points, 11,400 rebounds, and that's as a forward standing just 6 ft five. Now we may never see that type of production in size combination again. And so I think back to that signature running bank shot of yours and how beautiful that was. How important was that running bank shot to surviving at your size. And also maybe. How did that shot develop? Was it out of survival? No. You know, when you really don't really think about what you're doing once you're out there playing and what do you think about getting a situation? You think it's just all of a sudden? What are you going to do? Is just a reflex. You know, they're not something that you really work on because you don't know what type of defense you know you're going to go against because teams changed the defensive assignments. Sometimes you put two guys on you. Sometimes they'll put you know, one guy or three guys and try to drive you into, you know, a situation where you're trapped. So you really don't know the defense is going to dictate what kind of shots you know you're going to take. And, uh, sometimes, uh, you know, you take a shot that you've never taken before. You know, you're in a position, so you have to. So the defense, the ones