August 24, 2013

Guard on Knicks' Last Champion Team Dies: Dean Meminger, a point guard who played on the last New York Knicks team to win an NBA Championship, died in an upper Manhattan hotel room Friday at age 65. In that celebrated 1973 season, Meminger defended Boston Celtics guard Jo Jo White in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. "Dean went out and shut Jo Jo down, and we won that game," said former teammate Phil Jackson. "It was a signature performance in our history." Meminger struggled with cocaine addiction and had this to say about his failure to raise son Dean Jr. and daughter Maisha: "If I wanted to say somebody was my son, Dean is my son. Understands what values are, a loyal, family guy. I don't know where he learned it from."

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:57 PM - 2 comments

I'm too young to remember the Knicks cutting down the nets as NBA champs. And I'm 46!

posted by rcade at 06:33 PM on August 24, 2013

I remember that team and that season. First the twin towers of the World Trade Center opened. Then the Knicks won the title. Then Secretariat put his stunning signature on the Triple Crown at Belmont. A landmark series of New York events.

Calling the Knicks games on the radio was a guy named Marv Albert.

posted by beaverboard at 07:45 PM on August 24, 2013

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