Bill Simmons has a stellar retrospective on Elgin Baylor that encompasses his entire career -- from his days when he was, literally, "moonlighting as an NBA player on weekends," to confronting segregation, to his contributions to the advent of free agency in the league:
My theory is everything that happened after Elgin's playing career ended up obscuring the career itself. The Clippers hired Elgin to run them in 1986, and really, he has been something of a punchline ever since...
If you're younger than 40, when you think of Elgin, you probably remember him wearing one of those Bill Cosby sweaters and wincing because the Clippers' lottery number came too soon. That's the wrong memory. You should think about him creating hang time from scratch in 1958. Think of him putting up a 38-19 in his spare time in 1962. Think of him dropping 71 on the Dipper. Think of his eyes narrowing as they passed along his owner's condescending message during that snowy day in Boston. Think of him retiring with dignity because he didn't want to hang on for a ring. Think of him telling Hundley that he couldn't play that exhibition game in West Virginia, not because he was trying to prove a point, but because it would have made him feel like less of a human being.
Simmons has some juicy bits from the Dunleavy era as well. Baylor is one of those guys who's able to project ornariness without compromising his class.
However ineffectual Baylor's tenure as the Clips' principal executive might have been, it's apparent that the organization -- yet again -- failed at the most basic exercise of inter-personal relations.