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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-10-30
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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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.

Author Biography

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

Prologuep. ix
Awkward Kid with Glassesp. 1
The Projectp. 15
Blue Demonp. 29
The M&M Boysp. 41
A Disappointing Finalep. 52
The Chicago Gearsp. 61
Champs?p. 71
The Minneapolis Lakersp. 91
Lakers vs. Globetrottersp. 114
Birth of the NBAp. 125
Three-Peatp. 143
Shocks and Changesp. 167
Mikan Rulesp. 191
Rolling Onp. 211
Going Out on Topp. 220
Failed Comebackp. 238
ABA Commissionerp. 252
In Honor of the Pioneersp. 260
A Final Campaignp. 271
Acknowledgmentsp. 283
George Mikan's Career Statisticsp. 286
Notesp. 287
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 305
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