11/2/12: Happy Birthday to…

Whitey Skoog (University of Minnesota)

Whitey Skoog (86) – A legend in the state of Minnesota since he was born there, was a 3x All-American at the University of Minnesota and a 2x NBA champ with the Minneapolis Lakers. His career was cut short due to back troubles, but at least he never suffered the wrath of teammate George Mikan. Here’s Skoog recalling one such scene of a vengeful Mikan:

Mikan was a hard competitor,” Skoog said, “and one time he was going to shoot a layup and he got tunneled by [Syracuse guard] George King. George went down flat on his can and he lay there for a quite a while before he was able to get up and play again. Well about a month later, we were playing in Minneapolis and King went in for a layup. Mikan didn’t do much about blocking the shot, but he blocked King – right up into the third row. And I heard him say, right out loud, ‘I’ll teach that son of a gun.'”

Rodney Buford (35) – the former 2nd round pick spent five seasons in the NBA with five different teams. He was last seen in the National Basketball League of Canada last season. He was decent from the games I saw. Yes, I watch NBL Canada games.

Andy Rautins (26) – So far, the Syracuse product has made $1.388 million for hitting 3 shots in the NBA. That’s one helluva pay rate. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would be worth $7.2 billion if he were paid the same. This nonsensical analysis and I don’t care. Happy birthday, Andy!

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