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NBA LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS DENVER NUGGETS
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant sits alone on the bench awaiting the start of game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center in Denver April 6, 2006. Bryant set a Lakers franchise record scoring 40 points or more in his 24th game this season breaking the old record of 23 games set by Elgin Baylor. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is a retired Hall of Fame American basketball player and former NBA general manager who played 13 seasons as a forward for the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers/Los Angeles Lakers.

Baylor was a gifted shooter, strong rebounder, and an accomplished passer. Renowned for his acrobatic maneuvers on the court, Baylor regularly dazzled Lakers fans with his trademark hanging jump shots. The No. 1 draft pick in 1958, NBA Rookie of the Year in 1959, and an 11-time NBA All-Star, he is regarded as one of the game's all-time greatest players. In 1977, Baylor was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Baylor spent twenty-two years as GM of the Los Angeles Clippers, being named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2006, before being relieved of his duties slightly before the 2008-09 season began.

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