Willis Reed, Hall of Fame center for the New York Knicks, dies at 80

Xavier Roger


Hall of Fame center Willis Reed, who famously overcame a leg injury to help lead the New York Knicks to the 1969-70 NBA title has died, the National Basketball Retired Players Association and the Knicks announced Tuesday. He was 80.

Reed, the 10th overall pick in the 1964 NBA draft out of Grambling State University, played 10 seasons in the league — all with the Knicks — before moving on to a career as a coach and front-office executive. 

But it was his courageous effort in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals that cemented his reputation as one of the game’s greatest players. After dominating the Los Angeles Lakers in the first four games of the series (averaging 31.8 points and 15 rebounds), Reed suffered a torn thigh muscle in Game 5 and was unable to play in Game 6.


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