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George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. (June 18, 1924 – June 1, 2005) was an American professional basketball player who is regarded as having been the first superstar in the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 feet, 10 inches (2.08 m), he is also regarded as the first successful "big man" in basketball history. June 18 is the 169th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (170th in leap years), with 196 days remaining. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 Basketball is a sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... The National Basketball Association, more commonly referred to as the NBA, is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ... Bill Russell (left) and Wilt Chamberlain (right) were two of the greatest centers ever. ...

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Early career

Mikan was born in Joliet, Illinois to Croatian parents, and played college basketball at DePaul University from 1941 to 1945 under coach Ray Meyer. He began playing professional basketball with the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League, leading them to the NBL title in 1947. Joliet is a city located in both Will and Kendall County, Illinois and is a suburb southwest of Chicago. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 25th 149,998 km² 340 km 629 km 4. ... DePaul University   DePaul University is a private university in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Founded by the Vincentians in 1898, the university takes its name from a 17th century French priest, Saint Vincent de Paul. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... Raymond J. Ray Meyer (born December 18, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois) is former college mens basketball coach. ... This article discusses the National Basketball League, a defunct professional league in the United States. ... See also: 1946 in sports, other events of 1947, 1948 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing Wally Parks founds the Southern California Timing Association, to better organize drag racing. ...


After the 1946-47 season, the Gears' owner formed the Professional Basketball League of America, with the Gears as the flagship franchise. However, that league never got off the drawing board, and Mikan was seleccted by the Minneapolis Lakers in a dispersal draft. The Lakers joined the Basketball Association of America one year later in 1948. The BAA became the NBA in 1949. He was by far the biggest star of the league, so much so that a Lakers game in Madison Square Garden in New York was billed as "George Mikan vs. Knicks". The Professional Basketball League of America (1947-48) was a basketball league in the USA that was started in 1947 in response to the tremendous upsurge in interest in basketball in the era immediately following World War II. The organization was underfunded compared to its competitors, the Basketball Association of... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... See also: 1947 in sports, 1949 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball January 29: Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... The New York Knicks (or New York Knickerbockers) are a National Basketball Association team based in New York, New York. ...


Mikan was one of the most dominant players in the early years of the NBA, and rules were changed in an attempt to handcuff him. When he played college ball at DePaul the goaltending rule was instituted because of Mikan, and the NBA doubled the width of the free throw lane partially to accommodate his unprecedented size. Because of the slowdown tactics used against him, which resulted in the lowest-scoring game in league history (his Lakers lost in 1950 by the score of 19-18 to the Fort Wayne Pistons), the NBA instituted the 24-second shot clock. See also: Goalkeeper Patrick Roy, an ice hockey goaltender The goaltender, goalie, (or netminder in British English) in ice hockey is a player who defends the goal net from shots. ... See also: 1949 in sports, other events of 1950, 1951 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Bill Rexford AAA Racing: Henry Banks won the series championship Johnnie Parsons won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Champion: The first World Championship for drivers under the... The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association team based in the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area. ... The Shot Clock Monument in Syracuse, New York A shot clock is a timer designed to increase the pace (and subsequently, the score) in a competitive sport. ...


Later career

Mikan scored 11,764 points (22.6 ppg) in nine pro seasons, which was the best in league history when he retired. He led the league in scoring six times (1946-1952), including a career-high 28.4 ppg in 1951. He led the league in rebounding in 1953 (1,007, 14.4 rpg) and in rebounding average (1952, 13.5 rpg). Annually, he was one of the league leaders in free throw attempts (4,597 for his career). Mikan always wore his trademark round-rimmed eyeglasses while playing; as a result, he was sometimes nicknamed the "Harold Lloyd of basketball". Mikan and the Lakers won 6 league championships (one NBL, one BAA and four NBA) during his playing days. Mikan was a very dominant player, at 6'll he was one of the only players to reach or close to reach 7'0. his size made him a dominant scorer and rebounder See also: 1945 in sports, other events of 1946, 1947 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Baseball January 23: Hall of Fame election: The writers vote again fails to select an inductee, despite a newly revamped voting process. ... See also: 1951 in sports, 1953 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Tim Flock AAA Racing: Troy Ruttman won the Indianapolis 500 Chuck Stevenson won the season championship Formula One Championship - Italy 24 hours of Le Mans: Hermann Lang / Fritz Reiss won, driving... See also: 1950 in sports, other events of 1951, 1952 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Tony Bettenhausen won the series championship Lee Wallard won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of... A rebound, in some sports, is the retrieval of the ball after a missed shot, especially in basketball and netball. ... See also: 1952 in sports, other events of 1953, 1954 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 Sam Hanks won the season driving championship Formula One Championship - Alberto Ascari of Italy 24 hours of... In basketball, free throws or foul shots are attempts to score points unopposed from the free throw line (informally known as the charity stripe), and are generally awarded after a foul by the opposing team. ... Glasses, spectacles, or eyeglasses are frames bearing lenses worn in front of the eyes, sometimes for purely aesthetic reasons but normally for vision correction or eye protection. ... Harold Clayton Lloyd (April 20, 1893–March 8, 1971) was an American actor and film maker, most famous for his hugely successful and influential silent film comedies. ...


Retirement

He retired after the 1953-1954 season, but returned briefly in the 1955-1956 season. In 1956 Mikan was the Republican candidate for the 3rd congressional district of Minnesota, but lost to incumbent Democrat Congressman Roy Wier by a vote of 127,356 (51.97%) to 117,716 (48.03%). See also: 1953 in sports, other events of 1954, 1955 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty AAA Racing: Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 Jimmy Bryan won the season championship Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of... See also: 1954 in sports, other events of 1955, 1956 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Tim Flock AAA Racing: Bob Sweikert won the Indianapolis 500 Bob Sweikert won the season championship Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of... See also: 1955 in sports, other events of 1956, 1957 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Buck Baker The United States Auto Club (USAC) was founded to take over race sanctioning from the American Automobile Association (AAA). ...


Mikan briefly coached the Lakers in 1958. In later years, Mikan was the first commissioner of the first American Basketball Association where he introduced both the 3-point line and the league's trademark red, white and blue basketball. In sports, a coach is an individual involved in the direction and instruction of the on-field operations of an athletic team or of individual athletes. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Basketball Association (ABA) was founded in 1967 and eventually merged with the National Basketball Association. ...


Mikan suffered from diabetes, which resulted in his right leg being amputated below the knee in March 2000. The Minnesota Timberwolves honored Mikan by placing a statue of him in the lobby of the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota the next year. Mikan is in the Basketball Hall of Fame and was named one of the league's 50 greatest players in 1996. Despite the differences in the play and rules of NBA basketball over the years, analysts believe that Mikan would have been a star in any era. NBA big men who came after him—including Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and Shaquille O'Neal (who paid for Mikan's funeral). This is especially evident in the common basketball drill called the Mikan Drill. This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ... Partial hand amputation Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. ... An x-ray of a human knee In human anatomy, the knee is the leg joint connecting the femur and the tibia. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The Minnesota Timberwolves are a National Basketball Association team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... The Target Center The Target Center is an arena in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota sponsored by Target Corporation that is home to the National Basketball Associations Minnesota Timberwolves and Womens National Basketball Associations Minnesota Lynx. ... Nickname: City of Lakes Motto: En Avant Official website: http://www. ... Official language(s) None Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 12th 225,365 km² 400 km 645 km 8. ... The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association (NBA) History were named during the 50th anniversary season (1996/1997) of the NBA. NBA Commissioner David Stern announced the players at a press luncheon on Oct. ... See also: 1995 in sports, other events of 1996, 1997 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Terry Labonte Rusty Wallace wins the Suzuka NASCAR Thunder 100 at Suzuka City November 24, the first NASCAR... William Fenton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is a former American basketball player remembered for his central role in the Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in the 13 seasons that he played. ... Wilt Chamberlain (right) in action against Bill Russell (left) and the Boston Celtics Wilton Norman Chamberlain, commonly known as Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was a National Basketball Association basketball player. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 in New York City, New York) was a successful high school, collegiate, and professional basketball player. ... Kevin Garnett (born May 19, 1976 in Mauldin, South Carolina), often simply known as KG, is an All-Star professional basketball player in the NBA playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... Timothy Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is one of the National Basketball Associations most dominant basketball players. ... Underwater funeral in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea A funeral is a ceremony marking a persons death. ... The Mikan Drill is a basketball drill commonly credited to George Mikan and Ray Meyer. ...


Mikan died in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 80 on June 1, 2005 of complications from diabetes and other ailments. As noted, his family accepted an offer from Shaquille O'Neal to pay for the former Laker legend's funeral. His death brought media attention to the plight of several early-era NBA players. Although the league's star players now make millions of dollars annually and even the league's minimum pay is several times the annual income of most Americans, Mikan's pension from the NBA, even though he was classified as one of its all-time greatest players, was only about $1400/month, less than the cost of the assisted living facility he was inhabiting at the time of his death. Many commentators, especially those associated with ESPN Radio, felt that current players should in the league's upcoming labor negotiations demand an increase in pensions for former players, especially for those whose playing career predated the "big money" era. Scottsdale ([[Oodham language|Oodham Pima]: Vaá¹£ai S-veá¹£onÄ­) is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. Named by the New York Times as The Beverly Hills of the Desert and by Travel Channel as one of the most luxurious destinations in the nation, Scottsdale has... Official language(s) None Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 6th 295,254 km² 500 km 645 km 0. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is one of the National Basketball Associations most dominant basketball players. ... A pension is a steady income paid to a person (usually after retirement). ... Assisted Living or Assisted living facilities (ALF) usually refers to a non-medical facility that is used by people who are not able to live on their own, but do not need the level of continuous nursing care that a nursing home offers. ... ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network in the United States launched on January 1, 1992. ...


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External links

  • Basketball Hall of Fame
  • George Mikan Lakersplayers.org


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Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. ... Samuel Sam Jones (born June 24, 1933 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is a former pro basketball player. ... Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York), is an American former NBA player, and is generally considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. ... Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) was a legendary basketball star from the 1950s to the 1970s, and is now a world-renowned memory education expert. ... Karl Malone (born July 24, 1963 in Bernice, Louisiana) is a former professional basketball player. ... 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Nate Thurmond (born July 25, 1941 in Akron, Ohio) is rated by many one of the very finest defensive centers ever to play pro basketball, feared and praised by legends including Bob Pettit, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilt Chamberlain. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is a former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld played center for the University of Louisville,where he led the conference in rebounding in 1966,1967 and 1968. ... Bill Walton, while playing for the Portland Trail Blazers William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952 in La Mesa, California), is an American former basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... Jerry West with the Los Angeles Lakers Jerry West was also a pseudonym used by Andrew E. Svenson. ... 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Preceded by:
John Kundla
Minneapolis Lakers Head Coach
1958
Succeeded by:
John Kundla

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George Mikan, a 6-10 giant of a man who possessed superior coordination and a fierce competitive spirit, was one of the prototypes for the dominating tall players of later decades.
George Mikan was a dominator in the middle for the Lakers.
Mikan was so hard to defend and to score against, in fact, that the NBA had to change its rules of play in order to keep him from completely overwhelming the league.
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George Mikan’s game is so authoritative that new rules were introduced, such as the goaltending rule and the 24-second shot clock rule, to give the other teams in the league a fair chance.
George Mikan also holds the record on the highest percentage of a team’s point in a single game in the NBA.
George Mikan scored 15 of the Lakers’ 18 points, accounting for 83.3 percent of the team’s score, in the lowest scoring game ever in NBA history.
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