NBA Legend Elgin Baylor passed away recently and one of the themes surrounding his legacy was that…well…too many people weren’t aware of how astonishing his legacy really was. Not that being an 11x all-star, 10x first-team All NBA member and one of the top 50 greatest players ever wasn’t enough… It’s just that for those who have studied Baylor, he was arguably one of the top five most important NBA players ever from a talent, style and character standpoint. Bijan C. Bayne wrote the definitive book on Baylor: Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball and we caught up with him for Three Answers about his writing process on the project.
In the early 2000s it dawned on me that of Wilt/Oscar/Elgin/West/Russell there was only one missing biography. And that in the other two major North American team sports, there were biographies of Sayers & Mays. I began wondering why nothing on the Sayers or Mays of pro basketball?
The word “superstar” was coined to describe Baylor.
I enjoyed interviewing Baylor’s college coach John Castellani, in part because I couldn’t believe the good fortune he was alive. But speaking of that, I was highly blessed to speak with the nation’s biggest Elgin Baylor fan, former Globetrotters’ PA announcer David Stone.
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