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Elgin Baylor's memoir of an epic all-star career in the NBA - during which he transformed basketball from a horizontal game to a vertical one - and his fights against racism during his career as a player and as general manager of the LA Clippers under the infamous Donald Sterling

People think of Elgin Baylor as one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game - and one of the NBA's first black superstars - but the full extent of his legacy stretches beyond his spectacular, game-changing jump shots and dunks. With startling symmetry, Baylor recounts his story: flying back and forth between the US Army and the Lakers, his time as a central figure in the great Celtics-Lakers rivalry and how he helped break down color barriers in the sport, his 1964 All-Star game boycott, his early years as an executive for the New Orleans Jazz, and 22 years as general manager for the notorious LA Clippers and Donald Sterling, spent fighting to draft and sign young, black phenoms - only to be hamstrung by his boss at every turn.

No one has seen the league change, and has worked to bring change, more than Baylor. Year after year, he continued to fight and persevere against racism. At the beginning of his career, he was forced to stay in separate hotel rooms. From those days to today's superstardom, he has had a front-row view of the game's elevation to one of America's favorite sports. For the first time, Elgin Baylor tells his full story. He's played with the legends, lived with them, and knows more about the NBA than anyone living, and is finally ready to set the record straight.

©2018 EB Lakes 22 LLC (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Elgin unfiltered.

Got to hear Elgins story from his perspective. A true legend ahead of his time.

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Enjoyable

was really good! I do wonder if Elgin would have said all those things about will if Will was still alive. he was pretty hard on will, but not hard to believe. and I don't know why you didn't spend more time on not being on the team that won. it would seem that would have been an important thing to reflect on. IMHO Howevet. really enjoyed it.

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A Very Special Person

Loved it. He was truly great! Air Elg..before there was an Air Jordan. Interesting person.

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Epic! Bio story telling at its finest!!

Elgin is one of the best and most under rated players to play the game! I am on the younger spectrum of his fans being only 36, but the writer captivated me and put me on a ride. The writer and reader really made me feel the embrace of holding Elgin’s hand throughout! I really felt sumbmersed in an experience rather than a simple story. The writer truly wrote this in a way that you could literally “smell the roses”! Such a great listen about a humble great who has not quite got the credit deserved. The statue was so deserved Elgin!! Love you bro! The LEGEND lives on! My 7 and 9 year olds adore you!! This book should not be missed for any generation!!