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Old 02 Jun 2005, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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RIP to the man who made the NBA.
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He died in Scottsdale huh? I hope his looney kids don't plan on freezing him too...
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He was a real legend.

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Man this sucks.

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The first NBA superstar is gone.

RIP Big George
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Since Mikan retired before 1965, this was his retirement pension:

1000 freakin dollars a month.

Most people can't live on that period, but Mikan had to do it while battling diabetes and kidney ailments. The NBA should be ashamed of itself for making George Mikan live like this in his last years.
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Since Mikan retired before 1965, this was his retirement pension:

1000 freakin dollars a month.

Most people can't live on that period, but Mikan had to do it while battling diabetes and kidney ailments. The NBA should be ashamed of itself for making George Mikan live like this in his last years.
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Shaq offers to pay for Mikan's funeral

By MICHELLE KAUFMAN

Miami Herald

MIAMI - The Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat playoff game started on a sad note with a moment of silence for George Mikan, the NBA's first superstar big man, who died late Wednesday just shy of his 81st birthday.

After the game, Shaquille O'Neal offered his condolences to Mikan's family and made a public offer to pay for the funeral.

``If the Mikan family is watching, please contact the Heat office because I'd like to pay for his funeral,'' O'Neal told TNT after scoring 20 points. ``I know who he was. I know what he did. Without George Mikan, there is no me.''

Heat president Pat Riley also had kind words about the man known as ``Gentle Giant.''

``George Mikan was the model for all big men that followed him,'' Riley said. ``He won five championships and would have won six had he not gotten hurt one year. He was truly a significant player from the standpoint he was light years ahead of others from a size and fundamentals standpoint. A truly genuine human being as well as a great player. He made the game what it is today.''
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Kudos to Shaq on this one.

At this point I am VERY disappointed with the NBA, Mikan was your 1st superstar and you let him live on a measly pension? Shit, my grandma gets more than that!
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