From the UP January 12, 1956
George Mikan one of the greatest basketball players ever to compete in college or professional ranks, announced tonight he would come out of retirement immediately to rejoin the Minneapolis Lakers. Mikan will be in uniform when the Lakers play Fort Wayne here Saturday night.
Mikan led the Lakers to six titles in seven years before his retirement at the start of the 1954-55 campaign. Without Mikan, the Lakers failed to reach the play-offs in the National Basketball Association and this season have been in last place or close to it in the Western Division.
Mikan, a lawyer, became general manager of the team after his retirement. He joined the Lakers in 1947 after earning All-America honors at Chicago's DePaul University.