He wore Converse high tops, played the classic New York City brand of basketball and was part of the Knickerbockers for more than 50 years: Hall of Famer “Tricky Dick” McGuire was 84 years old when he died Wednesday of natural causes.
The “trick” here is: Can you identify the players flanking McGuire in this photo?
Born and raised in the Bronx, one of the greatest point guards of his day, McGuire was attending games and evaluating talent as recently as late last year when he was hospitalized. His No. 15 hangs from the Madison Square Garden rafters, along with Earl Monroe’s.
“Dick McGuire was the epitome of what it means to be a Knickerbocker: pride, tradition and class,” Donnie Walsh, president, Basketball Operations, said in a statement that obviously ignores the Isiah Thomas era.
“It was an honor to watch him play for our hometown team and I consider myself very lucky to say I worked alongside a man who shaped the National Basketball Association for parts of all eight decades of its existence,” Walsh’s statement said.
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