Mr. Basketball

Mr. Basketball

George Mikan, the Minneapolis Lakers, and the Birth of the NBA

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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.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781596912137
Branch Call Number: 920 Mikan
Characteristics: xiv, 317 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Feb 10, 2019

Mr Basketball aka the other #99 player also the story of the popularity of Basketball, the formation of NBA, black integration postwar, point shaving scandals (university & NBA) & the decline of the Harlem Globetrotters much to owner's anger.
University coach tutored clumsy guy with glasses. NBA was finishing school with its more bruising physical play.
Never knew NCAA & NBA made rule change. Former on goaltending (?) & the later the Mikin rule. Ditto his time as ABA commissioner that made more strategic innovations.
Huh. Minneapolis Laker coach innovated with center, power forward to shooting guard with defined roles.


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