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Wendell Ladner

Wendell Ladner (Pro basketball. Born, Necaise Crossing, MS, Oct. 6, 1948; died, New York, NY, June 24, 1975.) A popular 6’5”, 220-pound forward who played with four A.B.A. teams, Wendell Ladner was killed in a plane crash in at Kennedy Airport while with the New York Nets. Ladner played for three A.B.A. teams before being traded, […]

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 […]

Max Zaslofsky

Max Zaslofsky (Pro basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 7, 1925; died, New Hyde Park, NY, Oct. 15, 1985.)  Known as “Max the Touch” for his uncanny accuracy with a two-hand set shot, Max Zaslofsky led the B.A.A. in scoring, played three years with the Knicks, and was the first coach of the Nets.  Zaslofsky’s career […]

Julius Erving

Julius Erving (Pro basketball.  Born, Roosevelt, NY, Feb. 22, 1950.)  “Dr. J” was one of the most exciting basketball players of his era and the driving force behind two American Basketball Association championships won by the New York Nets before the A.B.A. merged with the N.B.A. in 1976.  A Long Island native, Erving played collegiately […]

Chris Dudley

Chris Dudley (College and pro basketball.  Born, Stamford, CT, Feb. 22, 1965.)  At 6’11”, Christen Guilford Dudley was the tallest player ever at Yale, only the sixth to be drafted by an N.B.A. team and only the third to play in the N.B.A.  At Yale, Dudley was three times First Team All-Ivy and, as a […]

Dave DeBusschere

Dave DeBusschere (Pro basketball.  Born, Detroit, MI, Oct. 16, 1940; died, New York, NY, May 14, 2003.)  Many factors transformed the late 1960s-early ‘70s New York Knicks from a good team into a great one, but the acquisition of 6’6” forward Dave DeBusschere from the Detroit Pistons (where he had been player-coach) in exchange for […]

Chuck Daly

Chuck Daly (Pro basketball.  Born, St. Mary’s, PA, July 20, 1930; died, Jupiter, FL, May 9, 2009.)  A successful college and pro coach, Charles Joseph Daly coached the Nets for two seasons and got them to the playoffs both years.  Daly coached Boston (1981-82) and Detroit (1983-92), winning back-to-back N.B.A. championships (1989, 1990) with the […]

Jack Curry

Jack Curry (Sportswriter.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, Nov. 25, 1964.)  A year after his graduation from Fordham, Jack Curry became a sports reporter for The New York Times in 1987.  Curry handled high school and college sports for three years and became The Times’ beat writer on the Nets (1990-91).  He then took over the […]

Reggie Carter

Reggie Carter (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 6, 1957; died, Mineola, NY, Dec. 24, 1999.)  After a stellar career at Long Island Lutheran H.S., Reginald Carter matriculated at the University of Hawaii but, following a season in which he averaged 16.6 points per game, brought his skills to St. John’s.  In three seasons […]

Lou Carnesecca

Lou Carnesecca (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 5, 1925.)  “Louie” became indelibly identified with St. John’s basketball over the better part of 30 years as his mentor, Joe Lapchick, was before him.  Like Lapchick, Carnesecca also took a break between two terms as coach of the Redmen to handle a New York pro basketball […]

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