Mr. Basketball: George Mikan, the Minneapolis Lakers, and the Birth of the NBA (Hardcover)

George Mikan, the Minneapolis Lakers, and the Birth of the NBA

By Michael Schumacher

Bloomsbury USA, 9781596912137, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2007

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Description

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 force and a national sensation that, 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 interviews with former teammates, opponents, coaches, friends, and rivals critically 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.



About the Author

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.


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

Praise for Mr. Basketball: "A compelling portrait of a dynamic and influential man, on and off the court."-Kirkus Praise for Mighty Fitz:
“Schumacher never fails to bring a sympathetic and knowledgeable view of the story.”Publishers Weekly
 “A thoroughly admirable addition to Great Lakes and general maritime history.”Booklist

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