VOTW – George Mikan

Here’s a real throwback for you – a relatively quick reel on Minnesota’s greatest basketball player, George Mikan.  “The NBA’s first superstar” was the dominant force of the newly named/formed NBA in 1949.  His career numbers tell the story for itself, as Mikan led the Minneapolis Lakers to the NBA title in 1950 and 1952-1954 (along with a BAA title in 1949 – the season before the merger with the NBL).

This YouTube clip starts off with the commercial Mikan filmed for/with Sportscenter – back when SC as I knew and loved it existed.  How often do you find yourself saying “remember when they used to use the chest pass” and other ‘throwback’ moves.  (Insert praise for Ricky Rubio here) [Read more…]