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Two-time NBA champion and New York Knicks Hall of Famer dies at 80


Willis Reed, Hall of Famer and New York Knicks legend, passed away Tuesday at the age of 80. Reed has spent his entire career with the Knicks, winning two championships and an award. MVP.

Basketball legend named to NBA 75th Anniversary team. Besides his playing career, Reed has also served as an assistant and head coach for several teams.

He is one of the most decorated players to ever play the game of basketball. With five All-NBA picks, two Finals MVP awards, and impressive stats, the 6-foot-10 giant has had a long career.


Willis Reed spent 10 years in the NBA

Willis Reed was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1964. He had a dominant season in his rookie campaign, averaging 19.5 points per game with a 43.2% shot rate. Reed is also one of the best counter-attackers in the league with 14.7 per game.

The Knicks legend was so brilliant that he was named an All-Star in all of his first seven seasons. In 1970, the big man won his first championship when the Knicks beat LA Lakers.

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Despite competing against several Hall of Famers, including Chamberlain withered And Jerry WestReed put on a great performance and led his team to the promised land after seven games.

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Reed averaged 23.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg. He missed game 6, but returned to the final game of the series despite being treated for a thigh injury. The big man scored the first points for the Knicks and received a lot of praise for this performance.

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Willis Reed competed with heart and soul, which was on full display in the 1970 NBA Finals.

The Knicks made it to the finals again in 1972, but lost because Reed was sidelined with an injury. However, they returned to the finals a year later in another game against the Lakers and won again.


Reed is also a basketball coach and CEO

Besides an incredible career as a player, the basketball legend also tried his hand at coaching. No wonder the first team he coached was the New York Knicks.

Reed also served as an assistant coach for Atlanta Hawks and the Sacramento Kings, and he coached the team New Jersey Grid for one season as well.

Willis Reed was named one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history.  (Image via Getty Images)
Willis Reed was named one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history. (Image via Getty Images)

In addition to his NBA coaching career, Reed was the head coach of the Creighton Bluejays from 1981 to 1985.

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He was eventually hired as the Nets general manager and executive vice president of basketball for six seasons. By performing in this position, Reed made the Nets a contender for the knockout stages and recruited some excellent players, including Derrick Coleman and Drazen Petrovic.

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