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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 […]

Sue Wicks

Sue Wicks (Basketball.  Born, Center Moriches, NY, Nov. 26, 1966.)  A Long Island high school star, Susan Joy Wicks turned Rutgers into an Eastern power in women’s basketball during a four-year career in which she scored 2,655 points in 126 games.  Wicks was a three-time all-America (1986-88) for the Lady Knights and was the Atlantic […]

Charlie Ward

Charlie Ward (Pro Basketball.  Born, Tallahassee, FL, Oct. 12, 1970.)  After leading Florida State’s football team to the national championship in Jan. 1994, Charlie Ward, Jr., won the Heisman, Maxwell, and Davey O’Brien trophies as the nation’s best football player, as well as the Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete in America.  He was […]

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 […]

Stan Stutz

Stan Stutz (Pro basketball.  Born, Worcester, MA, Apr. 14, 1920; died, New Rochelle, NY, Oct. 28, 1975.)  An original Knick in 1946, Stanley Modzelewski (Stutz) was also the only coach in the one-season pro history of the New York Tapers.  Stutz set a national collegiate scoring record at Rhode Island State (1938-42) with 1,730 points in […]

Hank Soar

Hank Soar (Pro football, baseball.  Born, Alton, RI, Aug. 17, 1914; died, Pawtucket, RI, Dec. 24, 2001.)  Many athletes in the post-World War II era were involved in more than one sport, but Henry Albert Soar was something of an extreme case.  Soar not only played in the Football Giants backfield for nine seasons but also […]

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 […]

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