93-year old former NBA player passes away, NBRPA mourns

louis-klotzLouis “Red” Klotz, who played in the NBA and was the mastermind behind the Washington Generals and New York Nationals, two franchises who toured with and lost to the Harlem Globetrotters, died at the age of 93.

After attending Villanova University, Klotz played on the Baltimore Bullets’ 1947-48 championship team, and at 5-foot-7, became the shortest player to ever win an NBA title.

He played 11 games, averaging 1.4 ppg and 0.6 apg, shooting 22 percent from the field.

Klotz then helped form the Generals and Nationals, teams that would go on to lose thousands of games to the Globetrotters in more than 100 countries.

Over his professional career, Klotz coached or played in more than 14,000 games over eight decades.

Klotz formed a working relationship with the Globetrotters in 1952, putting together the opposing teams that almost always lost. In 1971, he hit the game-winner in a rare Globetrotter loss as a 50-year-old player/coach.

In 2011, Klotz became the first non-Globetrotter to have his number retired by the team, and his biography, “The Legend of Red Klotz: How Basketball’s Loss Leader Won Over the World, 14,000 Times,” was published in late 2013.

The NBRPA (National Retired Players Association) has extended its condolences to the family of Louis Klotz.


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