Basketball: “A consummate leader”: NBA legend Reed died
“A consummate leader”: NBA legend Reed died
The NBA mourns the loss of “The Captain”. The former basketball legend died at the age of 80. He has made some dreams come true, especially for the Knicks.
The North American Pro League NBA mourns the loss of basketball legend Willis Reed.
The former professional, nicknamed “The Captain,” has died at the age of 80, the former players’ association said, citing Reed’s family. He led the New York Knicks to two championships in 1970 and 1973, the club’s only two titles.
“Willis Reed was the ultimate team player and a consummate leader,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “My earliest and fondest memory of the NBAbasketball is how I saw Willis define the winning spirit of the New York Knicks winning team in the early 1970s.”
Reed provided one of the most iconic moments in NBA history when he emerged from the dressing room a few minutes before the start of the crucial final game in 1970 and, despite the injury, inspired his team to victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. “As we mourn, we will seek to uphold the standards he left behind – his unparalleled leadership, dedication and work ethic that personify him as a champion among champions,” they wrote curtsy to Reed’s death. “His legacy will live on forever.”