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1948 George Mikan Minneapolis Lakers Photograph (PSA Type II Photo)

1948 George Mikan Minneapolis Lakers Photograph (PSA Type II Photo)

Presented is a Type II photo of the player known as "Mr. Basketball," Hall of Famer George Mikan. He went to DePaul University as an awkward 6'10" player who wore thick spectacles. DePaul basketball coach Ray Meyer taught Mikan how to shoot ambidextrous hook shots, and Meyer worked on Mikan's mobility. Mikan became a college All-American and became the dominant force in professional basketball in the mid-to-late 1940s. As a center, he forced pro basketball into three rules changes. Mikan's shot blocking ability led to the installation of the goaltending rule. George's dominance near the basket led to a widening of the foul lane so that the three second rule would force him further away from the basket. Because opposing teams often stalled in order to shorten the game against Mikan's teams, the NBA instituted the shot clock. Mikan won seven pro championships in three leagues, with most of his years spent with the Minneapolis Lakers, the forerunner of the Los Angeles Lakers. Mikan was a 3-time scoring champion. The black and white photo measures 7x9", circa 1958-62. The enclosed PSA/DNA Letter of Authenticity states that the photo is AUTHENTIC, and the LOA mentions that the "Photo is a 1958-62 restrike that was made off the original negative by UPI featuring an image originally taken in 1948 by International News Photos." The photo shows Mikan in his trademark thick spectacles, kept in place by a band that would go around his head. The photo makes a nice collector's item because it depicts Mikan in a Minneapolis Lakers uniform, from when the Lakers were in the National Basketball League - before they entered the NBA

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