Fryer: Next statue at Staples Center should be of Elgin Baylor

What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here …

• Elgin Baylor should be next to have a statue in his likeness at Staples Center. A Baylor statue there should have preceded statues of Oscar De La Hoya, Shaquille O’Neal, Luc Robitaille and even Wayne Gretzky. Here is why …

• Baylor, 6-foot-5, is the Lakers‘ all-time rebounding leader with 11,463. He is fourth in Lakers career points, trailing Kobe Bryant, Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Baylor was named to the All-NBA first team 10 times; the only Laker to have received that honor more is Bryant, with 11.

• Baylor is the only Laker to be named NBA rookie of the year. He held the NBA playoff single-game scoring record, with 61 against Boston in 1962, until Michael Jordan topped that with 63 in 1986. Baylor’s career playoff scoring average of 27 points is surpassed among Lakers only by West and O’Neal.

• His 38.3 point average in 1961-62 is a Lakers single-season record, as are his 1,029 field goals made in 1962-63. Baylor scored 50 or more points in 15 games. Bryant is the only Laker to scored 50 or more in more games than Baylor (Bryant did it 25 times).

• Baylor was the second Laker to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, in 1977 (George Mikan was inducted in 1959). He should be first in line to get a statue in L.A. Bryant will get one, for sure, but Baylor should be next.

• Did you know this one about the late, great Chick Hearn? Hearn had been using his “this game’s in the refrigerator” for a few years during his Lakers broadcasts when James Worthy’s mother Gladys suggested to Hearn that he add “the eggs are cooling and the Jell-O’s jiggling” to the refrigerator line. So he did.

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