Mr. Basketball: George Mikan, the Minneapolis Lakers, and the Birth of the NBA

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U of Minnesota Press, 1 באוג׳ 2008 - 317 עמודים
The definitive biography of the first dominant big man in professional basketball, published on the sixtieth anniversary of his debut with the Minneapolis Lakers.
Before Shaquille O'Neal and before Bill Russell, there was George Mikan, a six-foot-ten, 240-pound center, whose quiet demeanor and bespectacled face belied his competitive fire. A four-time All-American at DePaul and a six-time professional champion, Mikan was such an unstoppable force--and a national sensation--that, when his Minneapolis Lakers played the New York Knickerbockers in 1949, the marquee outside Madison Square Garden read simply, "George Mikan vs. Knicks." Drawing on extensive interviews--with former teammates, opponents, coaches, friends, and rivals--critically acclaimed author Michael Schumacher reveals, for the first time, a wonderfully nuanced portrait of one of the most unheralded athletes of our time, and a fascinating look at the birth of the National Basketball Association.
 

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1 Awkward Kid with Glasses
1
2 The Project
15
3 Blue Demon
29
4 The MM Boys
41
5 A Disappointing Finale
52
6 The Chicago Gears
61
7 Champs?
71
8 The Minneapolis Lakers
91
14 Rolling On
211
15 Going Out on Top
220
16 Failed Comeback
238
17 ABA Commissioner
252
18 In Honor of the Pioneers
260
19 A Final Campaign
271
Acknowledgments
283
George Mikans Career Statistics
286

9 Lakers vs Globetrotters
114
10 Birth of the NBA
125
11 ThreePeat
143
12 Shocks and Changes
167
13 Mikan Rules
191

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