Former Lakers great Vern Mikkelsen passed away at the age of 85 on Thursday, the team confirmed.
Mikkelsen was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 (see video above) after a 10-year NBA career with the Lakers.
"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.”
A prostate cancer survivor of 11 years, Mikkelsen was surrounded by family at home in Wayzata, Minn., when he...