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signoftimes
05-14-2003, 02:47 PM
NBA Hall of Famer Dave DeBusschere dead at 62
05/14/2003

Associated Press


NEW YORK -- NBA Hall of Famer Dave DeBusschere, who won two championships with the New York Knicks before becoming the youngest coach in league history, is dead at 62, the Knicks said Wednesday.

ESPN reported the cause of death as a heart attack. The Knicks did not immediately announce a time of death.

DeBusschere's exploits in the world of sports also included a stint as commissioner of the ABA and parts of two seasons as a major league pitcher with the Chicago White Sox in 1962-63.

But it was in basketball that DeBusschere excelled. He gave up baseball after two seasons and a 3-4 record in 36 games to concentrate on his NBA career.

By 1964, he was player-coach of the Detroit Pistons, becoming at age 24 the youngest to guide a team. He played six full seasons for the Pistons before being traded in 1968 to the Knicks.

In New York, the 6-foot-6 forward teamed with fellow Hall of Famers Walt Frazier, Willis Reed and Bill Bradley to win championships in 1970 and 1973.

DeBusschere was elected to the Hall in 1983 after playing 11 seasons in the NBA. In 1997, he was picked as one of the 50 greatest players in league history.

DeBusschere was picked for the NBA's All-Defensive team six straight years from 1969-74. He retired after the 1973-74 season with a career average of 16.1 points, plus totals of 9,618 rebounds, and 2,497 assists.

He was the general manager of the ABA's New York Nets in 1974, then became the final head of the American Basketball Association a year later and was instrumental in the 1976 merger of that league - famous for its red-white-and-blue basketballs - with the NBA.

DeBusschere went into private business in 1976, then returned to the NBA in May 1982, when he became general manager of the Knicks, a job he held until 1986. It was in that role that he won the first NBA draft lottery and picked Georgetown center Patrick Ewing as the No. 1 overall choice in June 1985.

mavsfanforever
05-14-2003, 04:01 PM
Its sad but I don't know this guy.

Drbio
05-14-2003, 08:19 PM
I remember him. Sad news.

signoftimes
05-15-2003, 10:55 AM
DeBusschere was the GM who drafted Patrick Ewing. He thought that Ewing would definitely be the player to bring a championship to NY. Unfortunately, he was wrong.

DeBusschere was a good player, coach and GM. It is sad to see him go at 62.