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Stu Jackson

Stu Jackson (Pro basketball.  Born, Reading, PA, Dec. 11, 1955.)  As the 14th head coach in Knicks history, Stuart Jackson was appointed July 10, 1989, to succeed Rick Pitino.  Jackson had been an assistant under Pitino for two years with the Knicks (1987-89) and two years with the Knicks (1987-89) and two years before that […]

John Nucatola

John Nucatola (Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 17, 1907; died, Scotch Plains, NJ, May 8, 2000.)  When seasons were shorter than they were to become, John Nucatola averaged over 100 games per season as a college (1934-59) and professional (1946-54) basketball referee.  For many years, Nucatola also worked high school games in the New […]

Boris Nachamkin

Boris Nachamkin (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 6, 1933.)  A lanky 6’6” from Brooklyn’s Thomas Jefferson, Boris Alexander Nachamkin set a then-record at N.Y.U. with 437 points in 1952-53 (in 20 games), averaging 21.8 per game.  He also set Violets records for points (1,091) and rebounds (844) in his three-year career of only 63 […]

Larry O’Brien

Larry O’Brien (Pro basketball.  Born, Springfield, MA, July 7, 1917; died, New York, NY, Sept. 28, 1990.)  A leading Democratic Party operative and fundraiser, Lawrence Francis O’Brien, Jr., served as commissioner of the N.B.A. for nine years (1975-84).  Previously, O’Brien had been Postmaster General (1965-68) under President Lyndon Johnson, a political associate and campaign strategist […]

Charles Oakley

Charles Oakley (Pro basketball.  Born, Cleveland, OH, Dec. 18, 1963.)  At 6’9″, 245 pounds, Charles Oakley was an intimidating presence who played for Knicks teams that went to the playoffs in each of his 10 seasons with the team (1988-98).  Oakley averaged just over 10 rebounds and 10 points per game for the Knicks while […]

Richie Powers

Richie Powers (Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 14, 1930; died, Allentown, PA, July 31, 1998.)  A colorful but inconsistent referee, Richard Powers refereed in the N.B.A. for 23 seasons (1956-79).  Powers worked three All-Star Games (1961, 1970, 1973) and 25 times in the N.B.A. championship final series.  Among those final series games was Game […]

Maurice Podoloff

Maurice Podoloff (Pro basketball.  Born, Elizabethgrad, Russia, Aug. 18, 1890; died, New Haven, CT, Nov. 24, 1985.)  When the Basketball Association of America was organized in New York June 6, 1946, Maurice Podoloff was elected its first commissioner.  Podoloff was something of a surprise choice to much of the public, since his background was largely […]

Geoff Petrie

Geoff Petrie (College basketball.  Born, Springfield, PA, Apr. 17, 1948.)  A 6’4” guard, Geoffrey H. Petrie was the best player inherited by Pete Carril when he succeeded Bill van Breda Kolff at Princeton in 1967.  In Petrie’s first varsity season (1967-68), the Tigers went 20-6 and tied for the Ivy League title.  He averaged 12.9 points per […]

Bill Paultz

Bill Paultz (Pro basketball.  Born, River Edge, NJ, July 30, 1948.)  A transfer to St. John’s (from Cameron College in Oklahoma), William Edward Paultz averaged 15.8 points per game as a Redman senior in 1969-70 and then became one of the mainstays of the fledgling New York Nets.  Paultz, who at 6’11”, 250 pounds, became […]

Gerry Paulson

Gerry Paulson (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, July 21, 1935; died, Mar. 6, 1986.)  A 6’2” guard who led Manhattan to its first Holiday Festival title in 1956, Gerald Arthur Paulson scored 1,154 career points for the Jaspers from 1954 to 1957.  Paulson scored 26 of those points on Dec. 29, 1956, when Manhattan […]

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