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John Williamson

John Williamson (Pro basketball.  Born, New Haven, CT, November 10, 1952; died New Haven, CT, Nov. 30, 1996.)  Signed as a free agent in 1973 by the New York Nets, John Lee (Super John) Williamson was a powerhouse guard who played critical roles in the Nets’ A.B.A. championships in 1974 and 1976.  Williamson averaged 14.5 points […]

Jayson Williams

Jayson Williams (College and pro basketball.  Born, Ritter, SC, February 22, 1968.)  A standout center at St. John’s and later ranked as one of the top rebounders in the N.B.A., Jayson Williams, one of the sport’s most voluble and quotable players, offering humorous and sometimes insightful comments on a wide range of topics.  (Example:  on his college coach, […]

Buck Williams

Buck Williams (Pro basketball.  Born, Rocky Mount, NC, March 8, 1960.)  A solid 6’8”, 225-pound forward from Maryland, Charles Linwood (Buck) Williams was the New Jersey Nets’ first pick (third overall) in the 1981 N.B.A. draft.  During his eight years with the Nets, Williams scored 10,440 points (16.4 per game) and collected 7,576 rebounds, both […]

Keith Van Horn

Keith Van Horn (Pro Basketball.  Born, Fullerton, CA, October 23, 1975.)  Perhaps payback for the 1976 deal when the then-New York Nets sent their greatest player ever, Julius Erving, to the 76ers for cash, the Nets acquired potential All-Star forward Keith Van Horn from Philadelphia on June 27, 1997, in a transaction involving eight players.  […]

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor (College and pro basketball.  Born, Perth Amboy, NJ, June 9, 1951.)  A talented 6’3” backcourt star, Brian Taylor scored over 1,200 points in two seasons at Princeton and then helped the New York Nets win two A.B.A. championships.  Taylor averaged 23.5 points per game for the Tigers in 1970-71 as a sophomore and […]

Bill Steinman

Bill Steinman (Public relations.  Born, New York, Dec. 31, 1944.)  For over 40 years, William Charles Steinman has been a fixture in Columbia’s sports publicity office.  Steinman, a Hofstra graduate, came to Columbia in 1970 and spent 14 years as assistant director of the sports information office.  He succeeded Kevin DeMarrais (q.v.) in 1984 and was […]

Byron Scott

 Byron Scott (Pro basketball.  Born, Ogden, UT, March 28, 1961.)  As head coach of the Nets, Byron Antom Scott  had a spectacular second season in 2001-02 as the team doubled its victory total (to 52 from 26) and New Jersey made the N.B.A. final for the first time in franchise history.  Scott guided the Nets to […]

Kerry Kittles

Kerry Kittles (Pro basketball.  Born, Dayton, OH, June 12, 1974.)  The only player in Villanova history to score over 2,000 career points, Kerry Kittles was raised in New Orleans, La., where he was graduated by St. Augustine H.S.  After being the first Villanova player to be a first- team A.P. All-America choice in 25 years, […]

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd (Pro basketball.  Born, San Francisco, CA, Mar. 23, 1973.)  Jason Frederick Kidd has been one of America’s most talked-about and written-about basketball players since 1990-91, when he led his high school, St. Joseph of Notre Dame (Alameda, Calif.), to the first of two straight state Div. I championships.  Unlike many other highly-touted scholastic […]

Fred Kerber

Fred Kerber (Sportswriter.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, Aug. 12, 1952.)  Following several years at the Daily News, during which he worked cityside re-write and covered such high-profile beats as federal courts and police headquarters, Frederick Vincent Kerber transitioned into sports.  Kerber was a beat writer on the Islanders, Nets, Knicks, and Mets, as well as […]

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