Sid!: The Sports Legends, the Inside Scoops, and the Close Personal Friends

Sid Hartman

As a result, Hartman announced his columns will be placed on hiatus.

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Retrieved from " https: Views Read Edit View history. From the day the Lakers started until the last day I was employed I was in complete charge of the draft, complete charge in all deals, every part of the basketball operation and everything else, with Winter not here most of the season.

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One deal I'll never forget is that we needed a point guard who could shoot in the worst way. At the time Rochester, our number one rival, had a surplus of guards and one Pep Saul was available. He made the deal, we got Saul, and he helped us win a number of championships and was Harrison upset. What was is like seeing the team you brought to Minneapolis win their first championship for the city the first post-merger with the NBA title came in ? Our first game was in Oshkosh and fortunately we won our opener and got a lot of attention at the time. We won the championship our first year but today it's not recognized because when there was a merger of four teams, Indianapolis, Rochester, Ft.

The Celtics were beginning their dynasty in the middle of the 's, and first beat the Lakers after the regular season in a sweep, their first of eight consecutive titles. What is your recollection of the Celtics and particularly the captain of Boston's ship, Red Auerbach? In one of the games Red Auerbach stopped the game to measure the height of the basket believing that Mikan was getting a big edge and fortunately for us the referees measured the basket and it was the right height. Auerbach had been instrumental in getting the lane widened going from six feet to 12 feet because they felt this would end the dominance of George Mikan, but it never did.

One other thing, in that long Laker winning streak over the Celtics, Slater Martin was a Laker guard who put Bob Cousy in his pocket year in and year out and was one of the reasons the Lakers dominated the Celtics. To bring up another point that you asked, in while the NBA was still having the territorial draft we were able to get Vern Mikkelsen, who played for Hamline, as our first draft choice.

That draft was very important for us since even though we'd won the championship the year before Mikkelsen, Slater, and Bob Harrison, who I drafted, became starters along with Mikan and Pollard. For the first time we had three big guys, Mikan, Pollard and Mikkelson starting and they were a big factor.

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In fact in a later draft when we didn't need a center we were able to draft Clyde Lovellette who at the time was playing AAU ball for Phillips 66 after being drafted from Kansas. We drafted him even though we didn't need him and Mr.

Podoloff called a recess in the draft meeting because he didn't want us to get Lovellette, but the lawyers told him you can't change the constitution of your league during the draft. You say in your book that you had a trade agreement in place with Red Auerbach that would have sent Vern Mikkelsen to the Celtics in a move that would have likely made the Lakers the worst team in the NBA, which you argue you wanted since Bill Russell was coming out of San Francisco that year.

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You ended up canceling the deal against your own opinion in part because play-by-play announcer Dick Enroth loved Mikkeson, and Russell ultimately ended up in Boston. If that is your recollection of what happened, how do you think the NBA landscape would have changed had you went through with the Mikkelson deal?

After Pollard retired and Mikan retired we were having trouble competing in Our record wasn't very good. So Bill Russell was the big star of that '56 draft coming out of San Francisco University and I had Pete Newell, who I had become good friends with through my friendship with Bob Knight, who was a California coach at the time, talk to Russell and see if he would consider playing with the Lakers if we were fortunate in drafting him.

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Russell in his books mentions the fact that he thought he was going to the Lakers. At the time the Celtics were a good team but they didn't have a center, they had Jim Loscutoff playing center. I called Red Auerbach and asked him if he'd be interested in a trade for Vern Mikkelsen who could be their center. At the time Mikkelsen wasn't winning with us because we didn't have Pollard and Mikan.

To ask other readers questions about Sid! Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 05, Luke Koran rated it really liked it. After more than 50 years in the sports, reporting and broadcasting industry in the Twin Cities, Sid Hartman details in his autobiography many aspects of his renowned persona like only he can.

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Though I grew up on the other side of the river from Hartman, who is adamantly pro-Mi After more than 50 years in the sports, reporting and broadcasting industry in the Twin Cities, Sid Hartman details in his autobiography many aspects of his renowned persona like only he can. Mar 16, Theresa Malloy rated it really liked it Shelves: Sid Hartman is a local legend.

He is a sports writer for the Star Tribune who started working as a paper boy at age 9. He is in his 90s now and still writing, doing TV and radio spots.

This man lives and breathes Minnesota sports. He has also been criticized for now keeping ethical boundaries. He is responsible for recruiting coaches and players to Minnesota sports teams and promoting them. But he's Sid, so it's OK here. Very sports heavy with stats, but it was a good read.

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Jul 29, Andrew rated it really liked it. I enjoyed reading and learning more about the history of sports in Minnesota. I enjoyed his prediction in that Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders would help the Minnesota Timberwolves bring a championship to Minnesota - always the optimist.