Elgin Baylor was a Lakers star before the Lakers were stars. He was a Clippers boss before the Clippers were boss. He was always Los Angeles’ other idol, its other general manager, its afterthought legend, the guy who laid the cement for the Staples Center statues and quietly watched it dry.
Through Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, beginning Friday at 10 a.m., Baylor is selling 358 pieces of personal memorabilia, including his rings, his plaques and his bowling shoes.
Rarely have the contents of a Lakers legend’s closet been so publicly unearthed. Never has the foundation of basketball’s greatest franchise been so available for purchase.
It’s strange, a yard sale of items spread out across the lawn by a player who spent his career with an organization that keeps everything within the family. It’s almost unsettling, this dignified former Laker placing his finest moments up for bid.
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