The Lakers unveiled a statue of Elgin Baylor before Friday night’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Baylor’s statue became the sixth that decorates the front of Staples Center Raekwon McMillan Jersey
, joining Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Chick Hearn.
”I certainly appreciate all the wonderful things people have said about me,” Baylor said. ”But without the wonderful teammates, (this) certainly wouldn’t have been possible. I’d just like to thank my teammates.”
The Lakers selected Baylor first overall in the 1958 NBA draft. He averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds in 14 seasons for the franchise, including the first two when it played in Minneapolis.
Various Lakers alumni spoke during Baylor’s ceremony, including O’Neal, Johnson, West and Abdul-Jabbar. Johnson said Baylor put entertainment into the NBA, and will always remember that Baylor set the Finals record for single-game points against the Boston Celtics on the road.
”You did some things that Dr. J Mark Duper Jersey
, Michael Jordan, Kobe (Bryant), myself, we couldn’t do,” Johnson said. ”I tried to do it. I just couldn’t hang that long in the air.”
Bryant provided his message to Baylor via video.
”I’ve stole so many of your moves, it’s not even funny,” Bryant said.
West held back tears when speaking about the friendship between him and Baylor. The two played together in Los Angeles.
”This is one of the greatest men I’ve ever met in my live,” West said.
Baylor was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977. He made the NBA All-Star team 11 times, and won the All-Star Game MVP Award in 1958-59, the same year he was Rookie of the Year.
Baylor was named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times in his career, and holds the all-time record for most points in an NBA Finals game (61).
Baylor was the first player in NBA history to score more than 70 points in a game. He scored 71 against the New York Knicks on Nov. 15 Pierre Garcon Jersey
Sam Darnold is about to make NFL history.
The New York Jets plan to have the 21-year-old rookie start Monday in Detroit, making him the youngest quarterback to do so in an opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. And just to put Darnold in the spotlight a little more, he is set to become the first rookie quarterback to start a season opener on "Monday Night Football."
Darnold acknowledged celebrating his accomplishment before shifting his focus and sounding like a veteran.
"I know that just because I get named the starter doesn't mean that we won the game," he said.
Darnold beat out Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater to earn the job perhaps as expected after New York drafted him No. 3 overall out of USC. New York coach Todd Bowles insisted Darnold will be asked to run the team's regular offense that won't be altered to keep it simple for him.
Bowles, meanwhile, hopes the Jets' can slow down Detroit when it has the ball.
"Defensively, you've got to keep the score down whether you got Joe Montana, Sam Darnold or Roger Staubach," Bowles said.
Detroit drafted Matthew Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 and he beat out Daunte Culpepper to start in Week 1 of his rookie year against New Orleans.
Stafford said he didn't remember much about the game other than facing the Drew Brees-led Saints, who went on to win the Super Bowl after opening with a 45-27 win at home over Detroit.
It is probably a day Stafford wishes to forget.
Stafford was 16 of 37 passes and his 43.2 completion percentage ranks as his sixth-lowest in 125 career games. He threw for 205 yards with three interceptions and his only score was a 1-yard run against the Saints. Brees, meanwhile Ryan Schraeder Jersey
, threw six touchdown passes.
Here are some other things know about the Jets-Lions matchup:
THE OTHER DEBUT: Days away from leading an NFL team for the first time, Lions coach Matt Patricia refused to publicly relish it.
"My 12-year-old self is probably freaking out somewhere," he said.
Patricia is very familiar with the Jets because he was the New England's defensive coordinator for the last six years and was on Bill Belichick's staff for 14 seasons.
"He'll have some things up his sleeve," Bowles said. "He's handled us quite a few times, so we've got our work cut out for us."
The Jets have a new-look and mostly unheralded receiving corps. Quincy Enunwa is on track to play in his first regular-season game since 2016 after missing all of last year with a neck injury. Terrelle Pryor, signed in the offseason after one disappointing season in Washington, appears ready to play after breaking his right ankle during offseason workouts.
Jermaine Kearse led New York with 65 catches last season, but is dealing with an abdomen injury. Robby Anderson is looking to build off a breakout performance in his second NFL season in which he had 63 catches.
The Lions were lackluster in the preseason, struggling with starters on both sides of the ball, and are not worried about that fact.
"On Monday night, we don't have to be the best team in the NFL Mark Ingram Jersey
," Detroit receiver Golden Tate said. "We just need to be better than the team we're playing."
The Jets had a lot of salary cap space in the offseason and used a chunk of it to sign Pro Bowl cornerback Trumaine Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million deal after he had 18 interceptions over six years with the Rams.
"He's kind of a game-changer," Tate said. "He takes the right chances at the right moment. We're going to have to be real crisp in our routes and find a way to get open.
"It's going to be a great challenge and I'm not just speaking for him, but for the rest of the guys out there."
New York is hoping Johnson can combine with Morris Claiborne to form one of the better cornerback tandems in the league. The Jets also have promising second-year safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye in the secondary, although Maye might not be 100 percent while still recovering from offseason ankle surgery. The confident group has matching T-shirts that read: "New Jack City."
Detroit safety Glover Quin has started 132 straight games, a streak that trails just San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers (192) and Baltimore cornerback Brandon Carr (160) among active players.
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