Elgin Baylor, silky-smooth Lakers Hall of Famer, dies at 86

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elgin Baylor, the Lakers’ 11-time NBA All-Star, has died. The Lakers said Monday that Baylor died of natural causes in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter by his side.

With a silky-smooth jumper and fluid athleticism, Baylor played a major role in revolutionizing basketball from a ground-bound sport into an aerial show.

He was the first NBA player to surpass 70 points in a game. Lakers great Jerry West called him “one of the most spectacular shooters the world has ever seen.”

Baylor’s second career as a personnel executive with the Los Angeles Clippers was much less successful. Elgin Baylor was 86 years old.

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