NY Knicks mourn loss of ex-guard, WWII veteran

ray-lumppA former NY Knicks guard Ray Lumpp has died at the age of 91.

The team issued an announcement, but didn’t provide the cause of death, according to NBA.com.

Lumpp was a 1948 U.S. Olympic guard, and also World War II veteran. He played in 214 games for the Knicks from from 1949-53.

The native New Yorker was acquired by the Knicks on Jan. 26, 1949, from the Indianapolis Jets and played in 214 games with them through 1953. Lumpp was part of Knicks teams that lost to Minneapolis in the 1951 and 1952 NBA Finals.

“He was a friend of USA Basketball, and it wasn’t long ago that he had visited with and helped inspire the 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team in London, the same city in which he won his Olympic gold medal,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball’s CEO and executive director.

Lumpp averaged 12.7 points in 61 games in 1948-49 with Indianapolis and New York in the Basketball Association of America, the league that merged with the National Basketball League after that season to form the NBA.

He averaged 7.1 points in 231 games in five seasons in the NBA with New York and Baltimore.

Lumpp was also the longtime director of the New York Athletic Club.


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