2 SIDES OF THE BASKETBALL

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Updated: May 18, 2006

2 SIDES OF THE BASKETBALL ELGIN BAYLOR & CHRIS PAUL OLD & YOUNG NBA HONOREES

ELGIN BAYLOR CHRIS PAUL

50 years separate

Elgin Baylor & Chris Paul

but this week they are united

as NBA Honorees

The much older Elgin Baylor, born in 1934, now 71 and the youthful Chris Paul, who is all of 21, were both raised above their contemporaries in recent days. Baylor chosen NBA Executive of the Year, and Chris Paul NBA Rookie of the Year.

Almost unnoticed is the fact NBA Legend and Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor has quietly but effectively been the Los Angeles Clippers vice president of basketball operations since 1986. What was widely noticed by his fellow NBA executives in choosing him best of them all this year….

…… is that the Clippers are in the Playoffs, perennial losers who had their best record since 1974-75 when they were in Buffalo, this season winning a franchise all time high 49 games. And for the first time ever eclipsing in town rivals the LA Lakers, the Clippers making it to Round 2 while the Lakers got bounced in the 1st Round.

Baylor and Paul share

a rare Distinction

being Honored

“together”

Chris Paul the 2006 Rookie of the Year follows in Elgin Baylor’s sneaker steps in Baylor being the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1959, 26 years before Chris Paul was born, maybe before Paul’s parents were born.

Staying with Baylor for a moment in the spirit of age before youth, Elgin was NBA All Star first team 10 times and averaged a court shaking 27.4 points a game over a long 14 year career playing for the LA Lakers. Baylor was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame way back in 1976, that was 9 years before Chris Paul’s birth.

Chris Paul isn’t but just as well

could be Elgin Baylor’s

grandson by age

Chris Paul joined Elgin Baylor in adding luster to the Rookie of the Year Award as Paul received 124 of 1251st place votes and in reality swept the vote except for one mean spirited broadcaster and former player who isn’t worthy of even being named in the Box. To keep things in perspective we will note the voter is African American.

Paul playing for the New Orleans Hornets temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City. Not surprising Paul was the very first selection in the 2005 NBA Draft. Here are his numbers that had Paul soar above all his fellow Rookies this season.

Paul averaged 16.1 points a game with 7.8 assists and 2.24 steals per game.. He ran up 21 double-doubles while leading the Hornets to a 20 game better record than the year before. Paul further cemented his status as Rookie of the Year winning Rookie of the Month every month of this recently completed regular season.

There isn’t much more

that needs to be be said

about Baylor or Paul

they are both

Awesome.

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