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Thoughts Regarding George Mikan

February 27, 2018

While recalling and reviewing an interview with the great sportscaster, Marty Glickman, the name of George Mikan surfaced, as Mr. Glickman expressed fond recollections.

Mikan was so far ahead of his time, a truly dominant big man who once led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA titles in six seasons, a feat only one team in the history of North American pro sports leagues (the Boston Celtics who won 8 straight crowns 1959-1966, obviously 6 in 6 seasons and coincidentally the first was vs Minneapolis, well after Mikan retired, in the team’s penultimate season in Minne, before moving to L.A.) has surpassed.

This Friday’s post will commemorate the exact 56 year anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game. I recall fondly my father once saying “we took the kids, (my friend and I) to see Chamberlain.”

Though Wilt at that time was part of a great, albeit underachieving, Philly 76ers team, my father referenced only Chamberlain.

A bigger tribute was paid to George Mikan. Though part of a great Minneapolis Lakers’ team, that did achieve so much, at least once the Madison Garden marquee read not Minneapolis vs the Knicks,  but GEO MIKAN vs the Knicks (see below).

That was a well deserved big tribute to a great, big man, George Mikan.

 

 

 

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