Elgin Baylor's memoir of an 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 under the infamous Donald Sterling 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 jump shots and dunks. 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, and twenty-two years as general manager for the notorious L.A. Clippers and Donald Sterling, spent fighting to draft and sign young, black phenoms-only to be hamstrung by his boss at every turn. No one has seen the league change, and has worked to bring change, more than Baylor. Year after year, he continued to fight and persevere against racism. At the beginning of his career, he was forced to stay in separate hotel rooms. From those days to today's 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. He's played with the legends, lived with them, and knows more about the NBA than anyone living, and is finally ready to set the record straight.
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"Peter Jay Fernandez narrates this memoir in a dramatic tone that works well. Elgin Baylor, who ranks as one of the top 20 greatest NBA players ever, details his life from childhood through his career. He's honest, genuine, and pulls no punches. Fernandez takes a theatrical approach, using strategic pauses throughout. His delivery might sound phony in some instances, but not here. He doesn't provide unique voices for the many players and other people in Baylor's life, and that's fine. He shapes this nonfiction work wonderfully. Baylor's life story is interesting and worth hearing for basketball fans and those who simply enjoy a good autobiography. M.B. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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