Basketball player George Mikan was born in Joliet, Illinois, on June 18, 1924. He won five National Basketball Association (NBA) championships while playing for Minneapolis. He was 6 ft 10 in tall, setting a new height standard for basketball players. He retired in 1969 and became a practicing lawyer. He died in 2005.
Basketball player, born in Joliet, Illinois, USA. He studied at Chicago, then played with Minneapolis in the National Basketball Association (1948–56), winning the championship five times. He led the NBA in points-scoring three times. At 6 ft 10 in tall, he set the stage for the big men who now dominate the sport, and helped launch basketball into a new era. He resigned in 1969, continuing as a successful lawyer.
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