Saturday, May 13, 2006

The Apocalypse Is Upon Us

Start stockpiling water and goods, because the unbelievable has happened. Elgin Baylor is reportedly going to be named NBA Executive of the Year.

Given the acquisitions of Sam Cassell and Vlad Radmanovic, which helped turn the Clip into a contender for the first time in my life, the fact that their GM is the recipient of this award should not be too surprising. However, the fact that their GM who will receive it is Elgin Baylor, is surprising.

Baylor has been with the Clippers for 20 mostly futile years. In fact, he has probably survived only because he is one of, if not the lowest paid executive in the league, which appeals to notoriously tight-fisted owner Donald Sterling. Aside from stealing Elton Brand from the Bulls in 2001 for just-drafted Tyson Chandler, Baylor is probably most notable for presiding over a string of failed top choices and trades, which led TNT's Reggie Theus to refer to him as a "veteran of the lottery process" on one NBA Draft telecast. That, and the time he allegedly referred to Bill Simmons as something that rhymes with "bassbowl".

In any case, congratulations to Elgin for his pending reward. And everybody meet on the Clippers bandwagon!


At 10:26 AM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Are you sure that isn't a picture of Nipsy Russell?

At 5:13 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Seriously, are you sure that isn't Nipsey Russell? The similarities are deserving of a Page 2 nod.


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