Minneapolis Lakers Legend, Slater Martin has Died At Age 86

Minneapolis Lakers Legend, Slater Martin has Died At Age 86

Postby Kobe8Fan on Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:10 pm

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Posted on October 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm by Jonathan Feigen in General

Hall of Famer Slater Martin, a star guard from Jefferson Davis High School and the University of Texas who won five NBA championships in the 1950s, died Thursday in Houston. Martin was 86.

Martin had led Jeff Davis to State Championships in 1942 and 1943, took Texas to the Final Four in 1947 and was a beloved figure in Houston for decades after his retirement while running the Slater Martin Golf Tournament and a restaurant and bar, Slater Martin’s.

“He was a guy that could converse about anything,” said Jim Foley, a longtime media relations director and broadcaster with the Rockets. “You could go into Slater Martin’s and it was a gathering place for University of Texas alums, but everybody he had a relationship with from the schoolyard to the NBA, old Oilers, would be there. He had a lot of friends in politics, too. You’d run into judges, people from the sheriff’s office, politicians.

“He was a true Houstonian, a true Texan. He had friends in every walk of life. He never met anybody he didn’t like.”

Martin enrolled at Texas in 1943 before a stint in the Navy. Martin returned to lead the “Mighty Mice” team to the 1947 Final Four. He was a first-team All America in 1949, scoring 49 points against TCU in his second-to-last game at Texas. His No. 15 was retired by the University in 2009.

An All Star in seven of his 11 NBA seasons, Martin was the playmaker that drove the great Minneapolis Lakers frontcourt of George Mikan, Vern Mikkelsen and Jim Pollard to four NBA championships. He was traded to the Knicks, but quickly moved to the St. Louis Hawks who needed a guard to match up with Bob Cousy to get past the Celtics. Cousy long called Martin his toughest adversary. Led by legendary power forward Bob Pettit, Martin and the Hawks won the 1959 championship.

“He was small in stature (5-10),” but he was one tough hombre,” Foley said.

He was also tenacious. Legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach said that Martin shadowed Cousy so closely that during a timeout Martin followed Cousy into the Celtics’ huddle.

When Auerbach confronted Martin, he said, “I’m just waiting for No. 14 (Cousy) there. When he steps back on this court, I’m going to be right in his shirt. He ain’t going nowhere tonight without me. He and I are going to dance together all night.

“When he comes out, tell him I’m right here waiting for him.”

Martin is survived by his sons Jim and Slater, Jr. Funeral arrangements are pending.


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R.I.P. Mr. Martin.
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Re: Minneapolis Lakers Legend, Slater Martin has Died At Age 86

Postby bruddahmanmatt on Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:13 pm

Damn, Mikkelsen and Lovellette are the only two left from the Minny era dynasty. :man5:
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Re: Minneapolis Lakers Legend, Slater Martin has Died At Age 86

Postby therealdeal on Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:19 pm

Rest in Peace Martin. We owe you a large part of what we have now.
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Re: Minneapolis Lakers Legend, Slater Martin has Died At Age 86

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:12 pm

Rest in peace Slater.
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Re: Minneapolis Lakers Legend, Slater Martin has Died At Age 86

Postby Rooscooter on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:38 pm

bruddahmanmatt wrote:Damn, Mikkelsen and Lovellette are the only two left from the Minny era dynasty. :man5:


Don't for get Bud Grant..... He was on the 50' championship team...... they went to the NFL Eagles and played DE and TE for a couple years and then to the CFL..... and then finally became the Minn Vikings head coach for 20 years....
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Re: Minneapolis Lakers Legend, Slater Martin has Died At Age 86

Postby LakerPride247 on Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:23 am

Can't believe how little attention Mr. Martin's passing has received in the news. This man helped to establish the first Laker dynasty when the NBA was in its infancy. He and the rest of that group helped lay the groundwork for the most successful basketball franchise in the NBA, as well as the world. By all accounts he was also a great human being that was a beloved member of his community in his hometown of Houston. He was just one of those guys that almost everyone liked. I'm willing to bet that at least 90 percent of our fanbase had no idea who Martin was until they read about his passing.
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