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NBA world reacts to Lakers legend Elgin Baylor’s death

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Players and media alike paid respects to former Los Angeles Lakers legend Elgin Baylor Monday after Baylor died at the age of 86.

Former teammate and fellow Lakers icon Jerry West fondly remembered Baylor’s character as much as his play on the hardwood:

“I loved him as a person & shared my career w/ himm” West said, via ESPN’s Jorge Sedano. “Never had a teammate like him, great, great player but an even better person. Very sad day for me and his family.”

Magic Johnson described Elgin Baylor as one of the first true artists in the air, calling him a “true class act.”

Phoenix Suns point guard and NBPA president Chris Paul called Baylor a “pillar” for the modern game. A similar sentiment was shared by Logan Murdock of The Ringer.

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns offered his condolences, hailing Baylor as an all-time great. David Aldridge of The Athletic noted Baylor is possibly the greatest player from Washington, D.C.

The NBA on TNT team also reacted to the passing of Elgin Baylor.

Others still highlighted Baylor’s incredible career and made note of the Hall of Famer being perhaps the most underrated legend in the history of the game.

Michael Lee of the Washington Post tweeted the fact Elgin Baylor still ranks third all-time in scoring average and 11th all-time in rebounds per game.

Baylor’s career ended in 1972. He is possibly the best player to never win an NBA championship.

However, the 11-time All-Star’s career in basketball continued after his playing days. Baylor was an executive with the Los Angeles Clippers, and author Scott Howard spoke on his determination to steer that franchise in the right direction despite internal turmoil.

The NBA lost a legendary figure on Monday. But Baylor’s legacy of excellence will live on long after his death.