Willie Naulls, Knicks All-Star and Celtics Champion, Dies at 84 https://t.co/tnnsRBIwJ4
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 26, 2018
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.
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Fittingly, as we remember a legend recently lost, Willie Naulls was the first Knick to accomplish this feat in 1958
— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) November 26, 2018
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.
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