Elgin Baylor and Alan Eisenstock sign "Hang Time"


Elgin Baylor and Alan Eisenstock at DIESEL, A Bookstore in BrentwoodDIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood is pleased to welcome Elgin Baylor and Alan Eisenstock to the store to sign Hang Time: My Life in Basketball on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30 pm. 

*As per the request of the publisher, Elgin will only be flat signing the book, no inscriptions, and he will not be signing any memorabilia. Thank you for respecting this. 

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 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.

Elgin Baylor played thirteen seasons in the NBA for the Minnesota/Los Angeles Lakers, appearing in eight NBA finals. A #1 draft pick, NBA Rookie of the Year, and eleven-time NBA All-Star who was named to the All-NBA First Team ten times, Elgin is considered one of the game's all-time greatest players. After retiring from the NBA as a player, he coached the New Orleans Jazz, and then in 1986, became the general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers, a position he held for twenty-two years. In 2006, he was named NBA Executive of the Year. A commemorative statue of Elgin will be unveiled at the Staples Center on April 6th, 2018. 

Alan Eisenstock, award-winning and best-selling author, has written fifteen books, most recently Warrior with former U.S. Marine platoon commander Theresa Larson. He has co-authored The Handoff with John "JT the Brick" Tournour, I'm Not Gonna Lie with George Lopez, and Just a Guy with Bill Engvall. He has also written the nonfiction narratives Raiders!, The Kindergarten Wars, Ten on Sunday, and Sports Talk. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

Photo Credit for Alan Eisenstock- Neil Ricklen

Event date: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Hang Time: My Life in Basketball Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544617056
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 10th, 2018