|Birth June 18, 1924 |
|Death June 1, 2005 (aged 80) |
|Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school Quigley Prep (Chicago, IL)|
|College DePaul (1942–1946)|
|NBA Draft / Round: / Pick:|
|Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers|
|Playing career 1946–1956 (10 years)|
|Coaching career 1957–1958 (1 years)|
|1942–1946 DePaul Blue Demons|
|1946–1947 Chicago American Gears|
|1947–1954, 1956 Minneapolis Lakers|
|1957–1958 Minneapolis Lakers|
George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. (June 18, 1924 - June 1, 2005) nicknamed "Mr. Basketball", was a American basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBL, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Mikan is seen as one of the pioneers of professional basketball, redefining it as a game of so-called big men with his prolific rebounding, shot blocking, and his talent to shoot over smaller defenders with his ambidextrous hook shot, the result of his namesake Mikan Drill. He also utilized the underhanded free-throw shooting technique long before Rick Barry made it his signature shot.