Knicks legend Willie Naulls passes away at 84

Naulls became the first African-American player to hold captaincy of any major professional sports team when he became captain of the Knicks.


Knicks legend Willie Naulls passed away on November 22nd at the age of 84 due to a respiratory failure from Churg-Strauss Syndrome.

Naulls spent seven seasons with the Knicks after playing only 19 games with the St. Louis Hawks. As a Knick, Naulls averaged 19.3 points and 10.7 rebounds a game and made the NBA All-Star team four times.

He also served the honor of being Knicks captain. He was the first black athlete to hold such a post for any team in a major American sport, according to the Knicks.

While Naulls wasn’t able to win a championship with the Knicks, but he spent the final three seasons of his career with the Boston Celtics where he won a championship each year.

Leave a Reply