Monday, June 10, 2019

1954-55 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)

1954-55 MINNEAPOLIS LAKERS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Western Division
Finished: 40-32 .556, 2nd place

Western Division Semi-Finals - Defeated Rochester, 2-1
Western Division Finals - Lost to Fort Wayne, 3-1


After their third-straight NBA title, the Lakers were finally dethroned. After a second place finish, they defeated Rochester in the divisional semis, they fell to Fort Wayne in the Western Division Finals. The Lakers essentially ran a six-man rotation each game, headed by Vern Mikkelsen and Clyde Lovellette, who both averaged 18.7 PPG. Those two Hall of Fame players were supported by two other Hall of Famers, Slater Martin and Jim Pollard.
  • Head Coach:  John Kundla (July 13, 1916 - July 23, 2017)

PLAYERS:
  • Bob Carney (August 3, 1932 - November 10, 2011)
Biography 

  • Lew Hitch (July 16, 1929 - February 8, 2012)
Biography

  • Jim Holstein (September 24, 1930 - December 16, 2007)
Biography

  • Ed Kalafat (October 13, 1932 - October 7, 2019)
Biography

  • Clyde Lovellette (September 7, 1929 - March 9, 2016)
Biography 

  • Slater Martin (October 22, 1925 - October 18, 2012)
Biography

  • Vern Mikkelsen (October 21, 1928 - November 21, 2013)
Biography 

  • Jim Pollard (July 9, 1922 - January 22, 1993)
Biography

  • Dick Schnittker (b. May 27, 1928)
Biography

  • Whitey Skoog (November 2, 1926- April 4, 2019)
Biography

  • Don Sunderlage (December 20, 1929 - July 15, 1961)
Biography

  • Bobby Watson (March 22, 1930 - January 31, 2017)
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