Lakers will (finally) retire George Mikan’s jersey

For their 75th anniversary, the Lakers will not only play in a tribute jersey to the era George Mikan next season. They will equal retire the jersey of their former legend. The number 99 will join the heights of the Arena on October 30, when the reception of the Nuggets.

This will be an opportunity to recall the impressive record of this player who worked in the 1950s. Pivot pioneer, Hall of Famer and four-time All-Star, he is a member of the list of the 75 greatest players in history. .

For the record, the Lakers won the very first NBA title, at the end of the 1949/50 season, then three of the following four trophies. The team was then led by the legendary interior, three times top scorer in the league. His training had left Minnesota for Los Angeles at the end of the 1959/60 season.

In six seasons in the big league, and another in the BAA (ending with a title), “Mr. Basketball” had posted an average of 23 points and 13 rebounds in 439 games.

His jersey will notably join those of Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Pau Gasol, Elgin Baylor or even James Worthy.

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