People think of Elgin Baylor as one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game—and one of the NBA’s first black superstars—but the full extent of his legacy stretches beyond his spectacular, game-changing shots and dunks.
His new book, “HANG TIME: My Life in Basketball,” is a memoir of his epic all-star career in the NBA—during which he transformed basketball from a horizontal game to a vertical one—and his fights against racism during his career as a player and as general manager of the LA Clippers.
With startling symmetry, Baylor recounts his story:
- Flying back and forth between the U.S. Army and the Lakers
- His time as a central figure in the great Celtics-Lakers rivalry and how he helped break down color barriers in the sport.
- His 1964 All-Star game boycott
- His early years as an executive for the New Orleans Jazz- Twenty-two years as general manager for the L.A. Clippers and the notorious Donald Sterling, spent fighting to draft and sign young, black phenoms—only to be undermined by his boss at every turn.
No one has seen the league change, and has worked to bring about that change, more than Baylor. Year after year, he continued to fight and persevere against racism while always maintaining his dignity and personal convictions. At the beginning of his career, he was forced to stay in separate hotel rooms. From those days to his ultimate superstardom, he has had a front-row view of the game’s elevation to one of America’s favorite sports. For the first time, Elgin Baylor tells his full story in “Hang Time.”
He’s played with the legends on his way to becoming the greatest legend of all. He knows more about the NBA than anyone living, and he’s finally ready to set the record straight.
Schedule of Events
6:00PM: Cocktail Reception
6:45PM: Program Begins (Moderated Q&A followed by Guest Q&A)
7:30PM: Program Concludes, Cocktails and Mingling Continue
- Silence cell phones during program
- Keep talking to a minimum during the Q&A
- Asking brief questions during Q&A is best
- People under the age of 21 cannot attend