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(Encyclopedia) basketball, game played generally indoors by two opposing teams of five players each. Basketball was conceived in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a physical education instructor at the…

Mikan, George Lawrence

(Encyclopedia) Mikan, George Lawrence mk´n, 1924–2005, American basketball player, b. Joliet, Ill. After leading De Paul Univ. to the 1945 National Invitational Tournament title and being named All…

Kundla, John Albert

(Encyclopedia) Kundla, John Albert, 1916–, American basketball coach, b. Star Junction, Pa. A star player at the Univ. of Minnesota, he served in the navy during World War II, then coached (1946–47)…

Summit, Pat

(Encyclopedia) Summit, Pat (Patricia Sue Summit), 1952–2016, American basketball player and coach, b. Clarksville, Tenn., as Patricia Sue Head. She played basketball at the Univ. of Tennessee at…

Bird, Larry Joe

(Encyclopedia) Bird, Larry Joe, 1956–, American basketball player, b. West Baden, Ind. Considered one of the greatest all-around players in basketball history, the 6-ft 9-in. Bird played for Indiana…

Krzyzewski, Mike

(Encyclopedia) Krzyzewski, Mike (Michael William Krzyzewski)shshv´sk, 1947–, American basketball coach, b. Chicago. He attended West Point (grad. 1969), where he played basketball under Bobby…

Robertson, Oscar

(Encyclopedia) Robertson, Oscar, 1938–, U.S. basketball player, b. Charlotte, Tenn. Passionately devoted to basketball as a youth, Robertson led his high school team to 45 consecutive victories.…

Smith, Dean Edwards

(Encyclopedia) Smith, Dean Edwards, 1931–2015, American college basketball coach, b. Emporia, Kans. After playing basketball at the Univ. of Kansas (grad. 1953), Smith joined (1954) the Air Force and…

Wilkens, Lenny

(Encyclopedia) Wilkens, Lenny (Leonard Randolph Wilkens), 1937–, American basketball player and coach, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. After playing at Providence College, he joined the St. Louis Hawks of the…

Johnson, Magic

(Encyclopedia) Johnson, Magic (Earvin Johnson, Jr.), 1959–, African-American basketball player, b. Lansing, Mich. After winning the national championship with Michigan State Univ. (1979), he joined…