• Hall of Fame guard Martin dies at 86

    Summary of 3 articles · Updated Oct 18, 2012
    Slater Martin, the defensive-minded Hall of Fame guard who won four NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers and one with the St. Louis Hawks, died Thursday. He was 86. Martin was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. He went into the University of Texas' Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1962, entered the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1964, and the school retired his No. 15 in 2009. Hartman recalled Martin's battles against Boston's Bob Cousy, marveling at how Martin was able to keep Cousy under wraps. "He was a tremendous ballhandler, a great competitor, and had a tremendous sense of humor," former Hawks radio announcer Skip Erwin said Thursday night at the Giants-Cardinals baseball playoff game. "He was 5-10.

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