Minnesota Hoops: Basketball in the North Star State

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Minnesota Historical Society, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 281 pages
From 1892 when students of basketball inventor Dr. James A. Naismith brought the game to Minnesota to the latest seasons of the Timberwolves, Lynx, and Golden Gophers, Minnesota Hoops is the definitive history of the state’s most-played sport. Marc Hugunin and Stew Thornley travel through the years to offer little-known facts and thrilling stories of the games, the courts, the personalities, and the plays. Sit courtside as center George Mikan leads the Minneapolis Lakers to win six league championships in seven years. Follow the stories of early barnstorming and YMCA teams, with players as passionate about the win as those with multimillion-dollar contracts are today. Watch in awe as Gopher women’s superstar Lindsay Whalen dominates the court with spirit and finesse. Discover friends and family in the season-by-season records of girls’ and boys’ state high school tournaments. Triumph with the Lynd high school state tournament winners of ’46, hayloft hoopsters who practiced in a barn. Rise to the top with Kevin Garnett as he signs with the Timberwolves at eighteen, then is named the NBA’s MVP at twenty-seven. In Minnesota Hoops Hugunin and Thornley present all the facts and bust longstanding myths to offer an unparalleled history of the sport that they love for hardcore fans and novices alike.
 

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Contents

Basketball Comes to Minnesota 18921924
3
The Coaches Take Charge 19241942
35
The First Golden Age of Minnesota Basketball 19421960
61
Ozzie Cowles Brings Back the Control Game
76
The Greatest Show on Earth
84
Shooting Stars of the Golden Age
94
The Lakers after Mikan
100
Some Are More Equal than Others 19601983
105
The Red White and Blue Ball
135
The Triumphs and Trials of Jim Dutcher
139
Women Could No Longer Be Ignored 19711983
149
The MSHSL and Fans Embrace Girls Hoops
151
A Good Start for Gopher Women
158
They Were Concerned about Being Basketball Players
166
Rebuilding Years for Minnesota Basketball 19831997
173
The Second Golden Age of Minnesota Basketball 19972006
213

Good Natural Basketball Talent?
107
The Decline and Fall of the Single Class
114
From John Kundla to Bill Musselman
124
Small Colleges Achieve Parity
132
New Patterns in Girls Hoops 175
265
Hard Times for Gopher Women 190
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About the author (2006)

Marc Hugunin began at age seven clipping newspaper articles about basketball, eventually earning a master s in sports and society at Bowling Green University. Stew Thornley is a sports historian and author of Baseball in Minnesota: The Definitive History (MHS Press).

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