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Elgin Baylor - Struggles As Coach, Executive

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The expansion team New Orleans Jazz (now Utah) named Baylor an assistant coach in their first season in 1974. He became head coach in December 1976, replacing Butch van Breda Kolff. He left after the 1978-79 season, compiling an 86-135 record.

In 1986, Baylor became vice president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers, who were considered a second-fiddle to their city rival the Lakers both on and off the court, have mostly struggled, reaching the playoffs sparingly. Some NBA observers blame frugal and meddlesome owner Donald Sterling more than Baylor. "To be fair, Baylor has one of the toughest jobs in the NBA, working for the most notoriously stingy owner in the league, if not in the annals of sports. It could make anyone sensitive," Bob Laws wrote in the Santa Monica Mirror. "There's no doubt that Sterling should bear the brunt of the blame for the Clippers' ongoing woes," he explains.

Laws, however, does not spare Baylor. "But maybe it's time to take a closer look at 'Teflon' Baylor, beloved in this town for his heroics while playing for that other L.A. hoop team. The man is seemingly beyond reproach with the local media, who are happy to just blame it on Sterling. I guess this will always be a Laker town. Lucky for Elgin Baylor."

Career Statistics

Yr Team GP PTS FG% FT% RPG APG PF
LAL: Los Angeles Lakers; MIN: Minneapolis Lakers.
1958-59 MIN 70 1742 40.8 77.7 15.0 4.1 270
1959-60 MIN 70 2074 42.4 73.2 16.4 3.5 234
1960-61 LAL 73 2538 43.0 78.3 19.8 5.1 279
1961-62 LAL 48 1836 42.8 75.4 18.6 4.6 155
1962-63 LAL 80 2719 45.3 83.7 14.3 4.8 226
1963-64 LAL 78 1983 42.5 80.4 12.0 4.4 235
1964-65 LAL 74 2009 40.1 79.2 12.8 3.8 235
1965-66 LAL 65 1079 40.1 73.9 9.6 3.4 157
1966-67 LAL 70 1862 42.9 81.3 12.8 3.1 211
1967-68 LAL 77 2002 44.3 78.6 12.2 4.6 232
1968-69 LAL 76 1881 44.7 74.3 10.6 5.4 204
1969-70 LAL 54 1298 48.6 77.3 10.4 5.4 132
1970-71 LAL 2 20 42.1 66.7 5.5 1.0 6
1971-72 LAL 9 106 43.3 81.5 6.3 2.0 20
TOTAL 846 23149 43.1 78.0 13.6 4.3 2596

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