Slater Martin Rumors

The Lakers won in 1950, and then from 1952 through 1954. “They were just big people,” said Earl Lloyd. “The two really huge people were Mikkelsen and Mikan. You think it was an accident that they won all those titles?” “Looking back on it, many guys writing stories figured it was all George Mikan,” Mikkelsen said. “But that wasn’t the case. We would all run the court.” He was right. Mikkelsen was a six-time All-Star and was selected All-NBA Second Team four times. An All-Star seven times, Slater Martin was All-NBA Second Team five times. Pollard, too, was an All-NBL and All-BAA selection and a four-time NBA All-Star.
Slater Martin, the defensive specialist Hall of Fame guard who won three of his four NBA titles, died Thursday. Martin’s daughter-in-law, Becky, told the Associated Press that he died at nursing facility in Houston with a sudden illness after being admitted there on Monday. Martin was 86. “Slater was one of the first great Laker players, and a proud link to our early days in Minnesota,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “We’re saddened by his passing, and we send our condolences to his family.”
Martin was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. He went into the University of Texas’ Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1962, entered the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1964, and the school retired his No. 15 in 2009. “I think he’s the best defensive guard that ever lived. That includes all the ones right now,” said Sid Hartman, the 92-year-old sports columnist for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis who served as the de-facto general manager of the Lakers. Hartman recalled Martin’s battles against Boston’s Bob Cousy, marveling at how Martin was able to keep Cousy under wraps. “He drove Cousy crazy,” Hartman said Thursday night. “He was quick as a cat. He wasn’t a great shooter or a great scorer, but he was a fantastic point guard.”