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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 forceand a national sensationthat, 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 interviewswith former teammates, opponents, coaches, friends, and rivalscritically 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.
Michael Schumacher is the author of eight books, including Family Business, Francis Ford Coppola, There but for Fortune, Crossroads, Dharma Lion, and, most recently, Mighty Fitz. He lives in Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
|Awkward Kid with Glasses||p. 1|
|The Project||p. 15|
|Blue Demon||p. 29|
|The M&M Boys||p. 41|
|A Disappointing Finale||p. 52|
|The Chicago Gears||p. 61|
|The Minneapolis Lakers||p. 91|
|Lakers vs. Globetrotters||p. 114|
|Birth of the NBA||p. 125|
|Shocks and Changes||p. 167|
|Mikan Rules||p. 191|
|Rolling On||p. 211|
|Going Out on Top||p. 220|
|Failed Comeback||p. 238|
|ABA Commissioner||p. 252|
|In Honor of the Pioneers||p. 260|
|A Final Campaign||p. 271|
|George Mikan's Career Statistics||p. 286|
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