Willis Reed Jr., one of the greatest players in NBA history and a beloved figure for New York Knicks fans, died on March 21, 2023, at the age of 80. The news was revealed by sports columnist Peter Vecsey.
“Just received word that Willis Reed, 80, passed this morning,” Peter said. “He has suffered from congestive heart problems over the past year or so, and was going through rehab to walk. Loved everything about Willis! A man’s man!!”
Reed started his career with the New York Knicks and spent his entire professional career with them until his retirement in 1974. During his tenure with the Knicks, Reed was known as a dominant center who averaged 18.7 points and 12.9 rebounds per game.
Throughout his illustrious career, Willis Reed won many accolades including two NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973. Following his retirement, Reed returned to coach the Knicks in 1977.
Reed’s courage and leadership earned him widespread admiration and respect from players, coaches, media, and fans. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982, named to the NBA’s anniversary team (50th), and named to NBA’s anniversary team (75th).
Reed is survived by his wife and children. He will be remembered as one of basketball’s finest competitors who embodied class, dignity, and excellence on and off the court. Stay tuned to Thirsty For News as we bring you similar stories.
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