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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 […]

Willis Reed

Willis Reed (Pro basketball.  Born, Hico, LA, June 25, 1942.)  Startlingly enough, Willis Reed was only a second-round draft pick by the New York Knicks, but he went on to stardom as the captain of the club’s first two N.B.A. championship teams.  The 6’10” Reed was the N.B.A. Rookie of the Year in 1965 and […]

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, […]

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 […]

Larry Brown

Larry Brown (Pro basketball.  Born, Long Branch, NJ, Sept. 14, 1940.)  The first coach to win both the N.C.A.A. tournament and an N.B.A. championship, Lawrence Harvey Brown became the Knicks’ 23rd head coach July 28, 2005.  Brown had previously coached eight other pro clubs and two major college teams.  He won the N.C.A.A. title with Kansas in […]

Walter Berry

Walter Berry (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, May 14, 1964.)  After a knockout season at San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena, Tex., Walter Berry teamed with Chris Mullin on one of the best St. John’s basketball teams.  In 1984-85, Berry scored 596 points (17 per game) on the Redmen squad that was 31-4 and […]

Butch Beard

Butch Beard (Pro basketball.  Born, Hardinburg, KY, May 4, 1947.)  A guard who played parts of four seasons (1975-79) with the Knicks, Alfred Beard was later a radio and television commentator, and head coach of the Nets.  Beard was released by the Knicks Oct. 30, 1978, seven games into the season, but became an assistant […]

James Bailey

James Bailey (College basketball.  Born, Boston, MA, May 27, 1957.)  A lanky freshman on the Rutgers team that was 31-0 going into the national semifinals in 1976, James L. Bailey went on to become the school’s third 2,000-point scorer.  Bailey averaged only 8.5 points per game on the 1975-76 team but came into his own […]

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