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Transcript of George Mikan
They called him Mr. Basketball
George Mikan was born in Joliet, Illinois, as an American of Croatian descent.
Chicago Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary
shattered one of his knees
He was 6'10" weighted 245lbs and walked awkwardly because of his frame.
He was Shaquille O'neal's biggest role model. " without George Mikan there would be no men."
Little man sport.
He wore thick glasses
Helms Athletic Foundation all-time All-American team
Basketball Hall of Fame
25th and 35th NBA Anniversary Teams
NBA 50 Greatest Players in 1996.
Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
full athletic scholarship,
1944-45 and 1945-46 seasons
college player of the year in 1946.
He decided to leave basketball in all and practice law and spend more time with his family.
23.1 points, 3 assist, 13 rebounds
22.6 per game,
all-time leading scorer
13.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 520 NBL, BAA and NBA games.
NBL, BAA, and NBA championships, and three scoring titles
"Big men" in basketball.
He coached for a half a season and had a 9-30 record and stepped down.
In 1967 he returned to basketball to become a commissioner of the ABA.
Here he created the special red white and blue basketball.
declared the greatest player of the first half of the century