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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, […]

Mac Kinsbrunner

Mac Kinsbrunner (College and pro basketball.  Born, Vienna, Austria, Mar. 21, 1909; died, Kiamesha Lake, NY, Feb. 16. 1972.)  A 5’9½” guard with the St. John’s team known as the “Wonder Five,” Mac Kinsbrunner moved with his teammates into pro ball.  Along with Rip Gerson, Matt Begovich (q.v.), Allie Shuckman, and Max Posnak, Kinsbrunner helped […]

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 […]

Vickie Johnson

Vickie Johnson (Pro Basketball.  Born, Shreveport, LA, Apr. 15, 1972.)  On June 18, 2005, Vickie Annette Johnson hit a layup late in the second half to raise her career point total to 3,001, making her just the seventh player in W.N.B.A. history to reach 3,000 points.  Johnson, the last remaining player from the original 1997 […]

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 […]

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson (College and pro basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 1, 1965.)  A standout at St. John’s, Mark Jackson was a No. 1 Knicks draft choice in 1987 who had five productive years with the team at the start of what turned out to be a 17-year N.B.A. career.  Jackson was a regular as a sophomore […]

John Isaacs

John Isaacs (Pro basketball.  Born, Panama City, Canal Zone, Sept. 30, 1915; died, The Bronx, Jan. 26, 2009.)  A New York high school basketball star who became a top professional, John Isaacs joined the celebrated New York Rens in 1935.  Isaacs was a major factor in the Rens’ winning the first World Pro tournament in […]

Allan Houston

Allan Houston (Pro Basketball.  Born, Louisville, KY, Apr. 20, 1971.)  After three seasons with Detroit, Allan Wade Houston was signed as a free agent by the Knicks on July 14, 1996.  In the next three years, he made himself one of the most consistent and productive Knicks.  Houston’s most impressive performances came during the 1999 […]

Earl Monroe

Earl Monroe (Pro basketball. Born, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 21, 1944.) Of all of the trades made by the New York Knicks in their history, few excited Knicks fans as much as the deal on Nov. 10, 1971, that sent Dave Stallworth, Mike Riordan, and cash to the Baltimore Bullets for Earl (the Pearl) Monroe. Over […]

Red Holzman

Red Holzman (Pro basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 10, 1920; died, New Hyde Park, NY, Nov. 13, 1998.)  William (Red) Holzman was an outstanding player at City College and as a professional with the N.B.A.’s Rochester Royals, but he earned his lasting fame for New Yorkers by coaching the Knicks to their first two […]

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