"I wasn't really interested in showing off," explained Kurland.
"Eighty-eight is a pretty good year," Kurland told me of his age before he died.
Kurland's playing days included many other extraordinary achievements.
They met five times with Mikan edging Kurland in games won, 3-2, and points scored, 77-64.
What Kurland said he remembered most though was not an individual accolade, but a moment that transcended sport.
Louisa also devotes much of her time to feeding underprivileged children in the desolate Kurland Village in South Africa.