NBRPA mourns the passing of Dean Meminger


dean-memingerThe NBRPA (National Basketball Retired Players Association) has extended its condolences to the family of former NBA player Dean Meminger, who passed away at the age of 65.

Former NBA player was found dead Friday in a Manhattan hotel room, Huffington Post reported.

New York City police said staff at the Hamilton Heights Hotel found Meminger unconscious and unresponsive inside a room and emergency medical personnel pronounced him dead.

Meminger played six seasons in the NBA for the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks.

Meminger was a member of the 1973 New York Knicks who knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers to be crowned NBA Champions.

During his career Meminger tallied 2,552 points, 1,086 rebounds and 1,046 assists.  Meminger was drafted by the New York Knicks during the first round of the 1971 NBA Draft as the 16 overall pick.

Known mainly as a backup, Meminger was remembered for his whirlwind dribbling, being a superb defensive player and a clever ball handler with fine court sense.

Meminger averaged 6.1 points in six seasons with the Knicks and Atlanta Hawks, also reaching career-high 8.3 ppg average for Knicks during the 1973-74 season.

A former New York City prep star at Rice High School, Meminger led Marquette to a 78-9 mark in three varsity seasons, averaging 18.8 points. He averaged 21.2 points as a senior in 1970-71 and was drafted 16th overall by the Knicks.

After his time in the NBA expired, Meminger coached the New York Stars in the Women’s Professional Basketball League and won a championship in 1980.

Meminger also coached the Albany Patroons of the CBA for a short stint.

Meminger played collegiately at Marquette University and in 1971 during his senior season was named a member of the AP All-American First Team.  in 1970 Meminger was named the MVP of the N.I.T. after knocking off St. John’s.

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