Lakers Great Vern Mikkelsen Passes Away

November 22, 2013 1:13 pm PST

EL SEGUNDO - Minneapolis Lakers Hall of Famer Vern Mikkelsen passed away yesterday, surrounded by family at home in Wayzata, MN.

Vern Mikkelson

Born in Fresno, CA, Mikkelsen attended college at Hamline University (MN) before being selected by the Lakers as a territorial selection in the 1949 draft. He went on to play all 10 of his NBA seasons with the Lakers, where he was a six-time NBA All-Star and was a member of four championship teams (1950 and 1952-54). Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, Mikkelsen also served as coach and GM of the ABA’s Minnesota Pipers.

Lakers President Jeanie Buss, speaking on behalf of the organization, said: “Vern was one of the first in a long line of great Lakers players, and a key link to our franchise’s early years in Minnesota. We appreciate his contributions to the Lakers and our legacy, and we send our condolences and best wishes to his family.”

Mikkelsen, a prostate cancer survivor of 11 years, turned 85 last month.

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