GEORGE MIKANGame 7 | January 10, 1950 | George Mikan, Jim Pollard
As their third championship season began, the Minneapolis Lakers stars visited Dunker'S. The 6-10 Mikan led the league in scoring that year with a 27.4 points per game average. Pollard was nicknamed "The Kangaroo Kid" for his leaping ability. When the Lakers were to play the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden that year; the marquee read, "WED. BASKETBALL GEO MIKAN VS KNICKS." Pollard, who averaged 15 points per game, returned 17 years later to coach the Minnesota Muskies.
Game 512 | May 13, 1997 | George Mikan, Vern Mikkelsen
It had been 47 years since Mikan had made his first Dunkers appearance, along with Jim Pollard, at the Dunkers seventh meeting. Mikkelsen, a Dunker since 1963, had been inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1995. Mikan was honored at the 1997 All-Star Game as one of the 50 greatest players in the first 50 years of the NBA.
Game 581 | April 9, 2001 | George Mikan
An effort led by Dunker Dennis Schulstad was successful in raising enough money to fund the building of a statue to Minneapolis Laker legend Mikan. The statue, in the lobby of the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, showed Mikan lofting his classic hook shot. It was the final Dunkers appearance for Mikan who died in 2005 at age 79.
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