Vern Mikkelsen Dies: Hall Of Famer Mourned On Twitter

Vern Mikkelsen Remembered On Twitter

Hall of Fame forerunner Vern Mikkelsen died on Thursday at his home in Wayzata, Minnesota. Mikkelsen played with the Lakers for 10 years, where he was usually sent to guard the opposition’s best shooter. He played on Laker teams that won NBA championships in 1950, 1952, 1953, and 1954.

Even though Mikkelsen wasn’t inducted into the Hall of Fame until 36 after he retired, he wasn’t bothered by the delay. The New York Times reports that he stated in an interview, “We are a laid-back people in Minnesota … so I never let myself get worked up about not getting in. Still, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t frustrating.”

Fans took to Twitter to mourn Mikkelsen’s death, writing:

Vern Mikkelsen is survived by two sons, Tom and John, as well as two grandchildren. His wife, Jean, passed away in 2002.

Melissa Stusinski
Melissa grew up in the Seattle area, but moved to Indiana to attend Anderson University in 2005 and was editor at the school's Literary Arts Magazine for two years. When she isn't focused on writing, Melissa enjoys working on cars, gaming, and exploring new places. [Contact:]


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