Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Ex-St. Louis Hawks standout Martin dies

Slater Martin, the Hall of Fame guard who won four NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers and one with the St. Louis Hawks, died Thursday at age 86. He had been in a nursing facility in Houston after being stricken recently with a sudden illness, daughter-in- law Becky Martin said. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

"He was a tremendous ballhandler, a great competitor, and had a tremendous sense of humor," former Hawks radio announcer Skip Erwin said. "He was 5-10. When he would play against Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics, it would look like you were watching two ballet dancers, because they both were so smooth. Also, he could have been a welterweight boxing champion because he was a tough guy."

Martin averaged 9.8 points and 4.2 assists in 745 NBA regular- season games - with Minneapolis, New York and the Hawks from 1949- 50 to 1959-60. He averaged 10 points and 3.2 assists in 92 playoff games, winning titles with Minneapolis in 1950, '52, '53 and '54 and St. Louis in '58.

He appeared in seven All-Star games after playing at the University of Texas, where he led the Longhorns to the 1947 Final Four. He was a first-team All-America two seasons later and scored 49 points - in the era before 3-point shots - in a game against Texas Christian. (AP)

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