Knicks legend Dick McGuire dead at 84
Jaime C. Harris | 4/12/2011, 5:27 p.m.
New York Knicks legend Dick McGuire passed away earlier today from natural causes at Huntington Hospital in Long Island.The older brother of the late iconic coach and broadcaster Al McGuire, the Bronx native enjoyed a long and illustrious career as an NBA player, coach and scout. He was with the Knicks' organization for 53 of his 64 seasons in the league.But McGuire was so much more to the global basketball community than an outstanding point guard, astute coach and eagle eye talent evaluator. He was one of the most respected figures in the sport, a trusted voice for executives and players alike. At 84-years-old McGuire represented a bridge to the old and new school ways of professional basketball."He's a one of kind guy as far as I can tell," said Knicks president Donnie Walsh, speaking of McGuire prior to the Knicks' game against the Washington Wizards at the Garden."He was with our franchise for over 50 years. He was probably the first NBA name that I knew," recalled Walsh. "When I came into the league Dick was scouting for New York and everybody in the league loved him."He was an NBA guy that very few attained that kind of stature...and was identified with the New York Knicks."Richard Joseph McGuire spent 11 seasons in the NBA. After a standout career at St. John's, he was a first round pick of the Knicks in 1949. McGuire played eight seasons with the franchise and three in Detroit as a Piston before ending his professional playing days in 1960. During that period he was a seven time NBA All-Star. McGuire ranks third on the Knicks' career assist list with 2,950."To me he was real. He was the real deal," expressed Walsh. " In the sense that... he (wasn't involved) in the game for fame, fortune and all that. He did it because he loved it. He was an everyday guy...."