Shaq offers to pay for Mikan's funeral
Miami Heat star Shaquille O'Neal has offered to pay the expenses for George Mikan's funeral. "Without No. 99, there is no me," said O'Neal. Mikan led the Minneapolis Lakers to five titles in a six-year span, while O'Neal carried the Los Angeles Lakers to three consecutive championships from 2000-2002. Mikan's son Terry stated it was up to his mother whether to accept Shaq's offer and mentioned that the elder Mikan and O'Neal had been close friends.