NEW YORK KNICKS - COLLECTION WITH WALT "CLYDE" FRAZIER, DEAN MEMINGER, RED HOLZMAN, WILLIS REED, BILL BRADLEY, EARL "THE PEARL" MONROE, DAVE DE BUSSCHERE - HFSID 292741
Sale Price $1,020.00
N. Y. KNICKS MADISON SQUARE GARDENS FLOOR: SIGNED BY WILLIS REED, WALT FRAZIER, BILL BRADLEY, DAVE DeBUSSCHERE, EARL MONROE, DEAN MEMINGER and RED HOLZMAN
Two signed sections of game-used Madison Square Garden hardwood floor on which the team won the 1970 and 1973 NBA Championships. Hall of Famers Reed, Frazier, DeBusschere, Monroe and Bradley played on both title-winning teams under Hall of Fame head coach Holzman. Meminger was on the 1973 team.
Collection composed of: 1) Ephemera signed: "Willis Reed", "Walt Frazier", "Earl Monroe". "Dave DeBusschere", 5½x4½x1¼. Section of hardwood floor from Madison Square Garden, with a custom metal base celebrating the Knicks championships of 1970 and 1973. 2) Ephemera signed: "Dean Meminger", "Red/Holzman", "Bill Bradley". Identical section of flooring and base, differing only in the signatures. Dominating center WILLIS REED (b. 1942), a 7-time All-Star, led the New York Knicks to NBA titles in 1970 and 1973. The team captain, he was a finals MVP both years and a regular season MVP in 1970. Voted one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, Reed was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982. After his playing days, Reed was a coach and general manager for several NBA teams until his 2007 retirement. WALT FRAZIER (b. 1945) led Southern Illinois University to the NIT championship in 1967. In the NBA he played for the New York Knicks (1967-1977) and Cleveland Cavaliers (1977-1980), helping boost the Knicks to their only two championships (1970, 1973). A point guard, Frazier still holds the Knicks' record for most career assists, and led in several other categories until surpassed by Patrick Ewing. Frazier, a 7-time All-Star, had his #10 retired by the Knicks, and he entered the Hall of Fame in 1987. A popular TV commentator, Frazier is known for his colorful word play as well as his stylish apparel. A two-sport hero in high school and college, Dave DeBusschere (1940-2003) pitched for the Chicago White Sox and was viewed as one of their top prospects before he committed fully to basketball. The choice was a good one. BILL BRADLEY (b. 1943) an Olympic Gold Medalist (1964) and the NCAA Player of the Year in 1965 while at Princeton. He deferred pro ball for two years while on a Rhodes Scholarship. As a pro basketball player (forward and guard) with the New York Knicks (1967-1977), Bradley earned the nickname "Dollar Bill" for his clutch shooting. He was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1982. A 3-term U.S. Senator from New Jersey (1979-1997), Bradley sought the Democratic nomination for President in 2000. DAVE DeBUSSCHERE (1940-2003) spent 12 seasons in the NBA, split evenly between his hometown Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks. As player-coach of the Pistons, he was the youngest NBA head coach in history (age 24). Traded to the Knicks after the 1968 season, DeBusschere was a key component of a team which won NBA championships in 1970 and 1973. Although always a scoring threat at power forward, he was nicknamed "Big D" for his outstanding defense. An 8-time All-Star, DeBusschere was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982 and to the NBA's 50th anniversary All-Time team in 1996. As Commissioner of the American Basketball League, he played a key role in negotiating its merger with the NBA after the 1976 season. EARL "THE PEARL" MONROE (b. 1944) was a dazzling ball handler and one-on-one virtuoso who made crowds gasp with his slashing drives to the hoop. Monroe joined the NBA in 1967 and parlayed his talents into a distinguished 13-year career. His shots went in often enough for Monroe to compile a respectable .464 career field-goal percentage and earn four All-Star Game appearances. He was a key leader on two excellent teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s - the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks. In 1989, Monroe was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and in 1996 was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. DEAN MEMINGER (1948-2013), an All-American at Marquette, played guard for the Knicks from 1971-1974 and 1976-1977, with two intervening years with the Atlanta Hawks. He joined Holzman and Bradley, who had shared in the 1970 triumph, for the team's second title in 1973. William "RED" HOLZMAN (1920-1998) played for the NBL and NBA champion Rochester Royals (1946, 1951). He coached the New York Knicks to two NBA titles (1970, 1973), the only two championships the franchise has won! Holzman was selected Coach of the Decade of the 1970s by basketball writers and ranks 12th on the all-time NBA list with 754 wins. The current Madison Square Garden, the fourth arena of that name, was built in 1968. The largest such facility in the United States, it has hosted professional hockey and wrestling, many concerts, and the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. It has undergone many renovations, the most recent in 2010. Adhesive residue on front. Signatures light and lightly effected by adhesive residue (legible). Lightly worn. Multiple surface damages. Otherwise, fine condition.
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