Hang Time: My Life in Basketball (Hardcover)
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. 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.
About the Author
“Before Jordan, there was Elgin Baylor with his high-flying act and incredible scoring ability. Elgin showed the world that man could fly! Elgin paved the way for many African-American NBA players while fighting for our country and breaking down color barriers. He has always been dignified, strong and a class act.” –Earvin “Magic” Johnson
"The first time I saw Elgin Baylor play basketball I could not take my eyes off of him. I didn't blink for fear of missing a move that I might never see again. I always worked on trying to play like Elgin but realized he was a one and only player who could not be duplicated. He was and is my favorite all-time basketball player, and I am so happy that he has penned his story." –Julius "Dr. J" Erving
"Elgin Baylor will always occupy a special place in my heart. Simply put, he has influenced me more than almost anyone in my life. As a young player on the Lakers, I looked up to him, learned from him, and I believe he looked out for me. He was my mentor, my role model, my running mate, and, ultimately, my dear friend. This is a heartfelt, deeply-moving, courageous memoir of a great, great player and an even better person." –Jerry West
"(A) compulsively readable autobiography… for anyone with an interest in basketball history, this is absolutely essential reading.”–Booklist, *starred* review
"(A) sturdy, thoughtful memoir . . . Baylor’s bittersweet and detailed stories will enchant and enlighten hoops fans of all ages.”–Publishers Weekly
“Baylor’s life story will fascinate anybody from anywhere. Nobody’s bio tops Baylor’s for a mix of race and sports . . . What a story! What a life!”–Deadspin
"There is so much in this book. It goes way beyond basketball. It’s about the culture of basketball, how things have changed in America and how things have changed in the sport. Respect this man!” – Rachel Nichols, ESPN’s host of "The Jump"
"Baylor . . . was refreshingly honest in his compelling book." –Seattle Times