Mikkelsen was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 (see video above) after a 10-year
"Vern was one of the first in a long line of great Lakers players, and a key link to our franchise's early years in Minnesota," said Lakers President Jeanie Buss in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions to the Lakers and our legacy, and we send our condolences and best wishes to his family."
Mikkelsen was a six-time All-Star and four-time champion with the Lakers (1950 and 1952-54). The 6-foot-7 power forward was drafted in 1949 as the territorial pick of the Minneapolis Lakers.
A noted defender for the championship Lakers, Mikkelsen's name can be seen in the rafters at
Mikkelsen called the banner-raising ceremony in 2002, "a total treasure for us and the greatest time for me."