Knicks legend, Willis Reed dies at 80
The New York Knicks community is in mourning following the passing of basketball legend Willis Reed, who died at the age of 80.
Reed, who spent most of his career with the Knicks, is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the team’s history, and his contributions to the sport will be remembered for generations to come.
Reed’s legacy is particularly meaningful to Knicks fans, who remember his remarkable performances during the team’s championship seasons in 1970 and 1973.
In the 1970 NBA Finals, Reed famously played through injury to score the first two baskets of Game 7, inspiring the Knicks to a historic victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. His toughness and determination on the court became a symbol of the Knicks’ identity as a team, and cemented his place in basketball history.
Beyond his success on the court, Reed was also known for his leadership and sportsmanship, both on and off the court. He was captain of the Knicks for which he played for ten seasons between 1964-1974, and was widely respected by his teammates and opponents alike for his integrity and dedication to the game.
After retiring from professional basketball in 1974, Reed went on to serve as a coach and executive in the NBA, working for several teams including the Knicks, the New Jersey Nets, and the New Orleans Hornets.
As Knicks fans come to terms with the loss of one of their greatest players, they can take solace in the fact that Reed’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations of basketball players and fans. He will be remembered as a true icon of the sport, and a beloved member of the Knicks family.