NBRPA mourns the passing of Slater Martin

October 20, 2012

NBRPA Member Slater Martin, the Hall of Fame guard whose playmaking and defensive brilliance helped take the Minneapolis Lakers to four NBA championship in the league’s first decade, died Thursday in Houston. He was 86. His death was announced by the University of Texas, for whom he starred in the 1940s.

"Many years ago I coached a high school All-American team and Slater coached the other -- this was the first time I met him," said fellow NBRPA Member John Egan. "In 1956 I went to Bob Cousy Basketball Camp and (Cousy) said Slater was one of the hardest playing guards in the NBA. He had a bar here in Houston for years and Jim Foley and I used to go frequently. Slater knew everyone and everybody loved Slater Martin ... may the great NBA guard rest in peace."