Friday, July 11, 2014
While Baylor may have saved the Lakers from folding, he could not save them from moving to Los Angeles. After his second season in Minneapolis, the team headed west. In L.A., Baylor would team with fellow Hall of Famers Jerry West and (later on) Wilt Chamberlain to lead the Lakers to seven NBA Finals appearances, though they would lose each time to the Boston Celtics. The Lakers would finally break through in 1972. Baylor retired earlier during that season and did not appear in the Finals, but he was awarded his first NBA Championship ring anyway.