Umnombo weenkwenkwezi eLos Angeles Lakers utyebile kwaye ufezekile kangangokuba iingxoxo ziya kuqhubeka amashumi eminyaka ukuba ngubani oyena mkhulu.

Mnye kuphela oya kuba ngowokuqala.

U-Elgin Baylor, uvulindlela ophambili onesitayile sakhe esingasentla-kwirim satshintsha indlela ye-basketball e-L.A. kunye nomdlalo ngokwawo, usweleke ngenxa yezizathu zendalo ngoMvulo kusasa, utshilo uLakers kwingxelo yeqela. Wayeneminyaka engama-86.

Idweliswe kwi-6-foot-5, iBaylor idlale amaxesha ali-14 eLakers ethatha ixesha eMinneapolis naseLos Angeles. Uhlala eyinkokeli yexesha lonke ye-franchise kwi-rebounds iyonke (11,463) kunye namanqaku ngomdlalo ngamnye (27.4 ppg). Ijezi yakhe ye-22 ithathe umhlalaphantsi, kwaye iHolo yeFamer yayingafi ngomfanekiso ngaphandle kweStaples Centre ngo-2018 - ixesha elide emva kwee-superstars ezamlandela, kuquka uMagic Johnson, uKobe Bryant kunye noShaquille O'Neal.

Ndiyambulela uThixo ngolu suku lufikile, owayengumdlali weqela uJerry West uthe ngelo xesha . Ifaneleke ngokutyebileyo.

Kwi-franchise eziqhenyayo kwiintshatsheli ze-minting, i-Baylor yakha i-franchise kwinqanaba apho yayinokukhuphisana khona kodwa yahlala phantsi ngo-1971 ngaphambi kokuba i-Lakers iphumelele ubuntshatsheli bayo bokuqala e-LA Waya kwii-Finals ezisibhozo ngaphandle kokuphakamisa indebe ekupheleni, ngokungenakuphepheka. ngokuchasene neBoston Celtics ebalaseleyo yeli xesha kwesixhenxe kolo luhlu.

Wayeza kuqhubekeka ukuba ngumqeqeshi weNew Orleans Jazz ngelo xesha kunye nesigqeba sexesha elide kunye neLos Angeles Clippers. Indoda eyathi abadlali beza emva kokuba beyichaze ngokungathandabuzekiyo ngexesha lakhe nangemva kokuthatha umhlala-phantsi, uBaylor naye wayebonwa ngobabalo lwakhe nobuntu, kunye nomqolo oqinileyo xa ejongene nobuhlanga bexesha lakhe. Umkomishinala we-NBA u-Adam Silver wachaza indima ye-Baylor kwintshukumo yamaLungelo oLuntu kwiminyaka ye-1950 kunye ne-1960 kwingxelo ethi wabeka ikhosi ye-NBA yanamhlanje.

I-Lakers yathi inkosikazi yakhe, u-Elaine Baylor, kunye nentombi yabo kunye, uKrystal, babekho xa wafa.

U-Elgin wayeluthando lobomi bam kunye nomhlobo wam osenyongweni, u-Elaine Baylor uthe kwingxelo yeLakers. Kwaye njengaye wonke umntu, bendisoyikeka ngenkalipho yakhe enkulu, isidima kunye nexesha alinike bonke abalandeli.

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UBaylor wazalelwa eWashington, D.C. ngo-1934. Wayeyinkwenkwezi yokulungiselela kwiSithili ngaphambi kokuba abe yinkwenkwezi kwiYunivesithi yaseSeattle, apho wayekhokela isikolo ukuya kwi-NCAA Final yokuqala kwi-1958, ewela eKentucky. I-Baylor idlale ngengxaki emdaka kunye nembambo eqhekekileyo ekuphulukaneni nayo, kwaye yayisavotelwa Oyena Mdlali uBalaseleyo kukhuphiswano.

Emva kokuba iMinneapolis Lakers imbhalele iNombolo yoku-1 ngo-1958 xa wayephuma ejuniya, waba yintshatsheli kwangoko kwi-NBA eyayisandul' ukubakho apho waye waphumelela uRookie woNyaka kwaye wayeya kuba ngumdlali wexesha eli-11 lonke- Inkwenkwezi kunye ne-10-ixesha lokuQala iQela lokuQala lonke ukhetho lwe-NBA.

Ngelixa imbali ngamanye amaxesha imlahlekele kwibala elixineneyo leenkwenkwezi ngelo xesha, kubandakanya uBill Russell, uWilt Chamberlain kunye no-Oscar Robertson, ngomhla wakhe, uBaylor unokubambelela kuye nawuphi na kubo. Usengumdlali we-NBA we-31 wexesha lonke elihamba phambili, nangona edlala yonke imisebenzi yakhe ngaphambi kokuba kusungulwe umgca we-3-point.

UBaylor ubhale eyona midlalo ibalaseleyo yokufumana amanqaku kwimbali ye-NBA. Umzamo wakhe wamanqaku angama-71 eMadison Square Garden ngokuchasene neNew York Knicks ngo-1960 yayiyirekhodi emfutshane yomdlalo omnye wokufumana amanqaku nguye nawuphi na umdlali ngaphambi kokuba uChamberlain ayibambe kunyaka olandelayo. Ngamadoda amane kuphela akhe agqitha amanqaku angama-71 kumdlalo we-NBA.

Kwimbali yakhe Ixesha lokuxhoma: Ubomi bam kwiBasketball , U-Baylor ukhumbule ukufumana i-nightcap yokubhiyozela kunye nabadlali beqela lakhe emva komdlalo we-71-point, emva koko iqabane lika-Hot Rod Hundley (oya kuba ngomnye wabasasazi be-NBA) uxelele umqhubi wabo we-cab: Uyazi ukuba ngubani lo? UElgin Baylor, oyena mdlali ubalaseleyo webhola yomnyazi emhlabeni.

I-Baylor isengumnikazi werekhodi lamanqaku amaninzi kumdlalo wokuGqibela we-NBA: Ufumene amanqaku angama-61 kuMdlalo wesi-5 ngokuchasene neBoston Celtics ngelixa ebambe i-22 rebounds. Ngoxa i-Lakers ithatha i-3-2 i-series ekhokelayo ekuphumeleleni, i-Boston yayiza kubuya kwi-series ye-series series.

Uluhlu olwahlukeneyo lweentshukumo kunye nokudutyulwa kumdlalo wanamhlanje unokulandwa ubuyela emva eBaylor: ukubaleka ukudubula kwebhanki, i-Eurosteps, kunye ne-reverse-ups edadayo. Igama elithi ixesha lokuxhoma layilwa kwisichazi-magama sebhola yomnyazi ukuchaza ukubaleka kwakhe kwezemidlalo, xa wayebonakala ejinga emoyeni njengoko eqhuba esiya ebhaskithini. I-skillset eyayiza kwenziwa idume nguJulius Erving kunye noMichael Jordan baye baphayona yiBaylor xa umdlalo uchazwe ngabalindi abancinci, abakhawulezayo kunye namadoda angama-post isiqu somthi - kodwa okwangoku amaphiko ezemidlalo awela kwindawo ethile phakathi.

Akukho ngaphantsi komfundi womdlalo kunoBryant, oya kuthi agqithe uninzi lweerekhodi zefranchise uBaylor wayenazo xa ethatha umhlalaphantsi, utshilo kwidilesi erekhodiweyo kumsitho womfanekiso oqingqiweyo ka-2018: Ndibile uninzi lweentshukumo zakho, akunjalo. nokuba iyahlekisa.

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Abadlali beqela babemhlonela ngokukwazi kwakhe ukudlala phantsi kweemeko ezinzima kakhulu. Usebenze njengoMmeli woMkhosi ngexesha lesizini ka-1961-62 kwaye wadlala kwimpelaveki, efumana amanqaku aphezulu angama-38.3 kunye ne-18.6 yokuphinda abuyele kwimidlalo engama-48 awayevunyelwe ukuba akhuphisane nayo.

Umyolelo wakhe wabonakala njengoko wayesilwa nobuhlanga ngelo xesha, emelene namashishini acaluliweyo angayi kubalungiselela bobabini abadlali abaMnyama nabaMhlophe Lakers.

U-Elgin wayeyingqwele yexesha lakhe, utshilo umnini weqela uJeanie Buss kwingxelo yeqela. Udumo lwakhe oluninzi luthetha ngaloo nto.

Eli bali liza kuhlaziywa.




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