Ex-Knick Ray Williams has passed away

Ex-Knick Ray Williams has passed away

Postby Basketball Fan on Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:07 pm

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Knicks owner James Dolan is footing the bill for the health care of former Knick Ray Williams

Three years ago, we relayed a story about 10-year NBA veteran Ray Williams, who had fallen prey to a series of financial blows and was then destitute while living in Florida. Things turned up for Williams later in the year, he was given a job in his hometown of Mt. Vernon, New York, but recently Williams has been in ill-health.
The New York Knicks – the team that drafted him, and the franchise he was starred for – have stepped to the plate. Owner James Dolan, rightfully reviled in many areas as he runs MSG’s many tentacles, is making sure the former Knicks has all the care he needs as he deals with an unspecified illness. From Frank Isola at the New York Daily News:
The ailing former Knicks guard, who has fallen on hard times, was transported by the Knicks last week from Florida to New York to receive treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in Manhattan for an undisclosed illness. Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan paid for the medical plane that allowed Williams, 58, to receive world-class care and to be near his mother.
As the Daily News first reported in 2011, doctors affiliated with a New Jersey medical group that offers health care to indigent athletes discovered a large tumor in Williams’ colon following a routine colonoscopy.
Williams was the first NBA retiree to take advantage of a free colon-cancer screening offered through the NBA Retired Players Association and Pain Alternatives, Solutions and Treatment.
Williams last played in the NBA in 1987. He enjoyed two stints with the Knicks, averaging over 20 points and six assists from 1978 to 1982, and finished his career with averages of 15.5 points, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game in just 28 minutes a contest.
The former point guard, who claims that neither drugs nor alcohol had any influence on his spate of bad financial luck, shuttled between New York and Florida following his retirement, and for years lived in his pickup truck as he moved between odd jobs.
Dolan, as owner with the Knicks, has always been generous with his money. Still, the MSG chairman has received quite a bit of criticism over the years for his obsession with Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, entrusting the former Knicks coach and GM with a series of disastrous personnel moves, while creating an executive atmosphere that led to one noted sexual harassment suit from a former employee. Most recently, Dolan has taken flack for possibly letting personal politics get in the way of matching a contract offer for guard Jeremy Lin. He is possibly the most reviled owner in New York’s history, and that’s saying something considering the Mets’ foibles, and the eras when CBS owned the New York Yankees and Gulf and Western owned the Knicks.
He’s making the right move here, though. Taking care of a player his ownership regime wasn’t tied to, someone who gets the short shrift when Knick teams of the early 1980s are discussed – in favor of Sugar Ray Richardson, Bill Cartwright, and Bernard King.
As Frank Isola noted in his report, the “Once a Knick, Always a Knick” motto stitched into each Knick jersey seems to be taking precedent here.
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Re: Ex-Knick Ray Williams has passed away

Postby Basketball Fan on Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:49 pm

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Ex-Knicks guard Ray Williams dies

NEW YORK -- Ray Williams, the former New York Knicks guard who averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 assists in 10 seasons in the NBA, died Friday. He was 58.

The Knicks confirmed the former guard's death, but didn't provide a cause. Coach Mike Woodson said he spoke to Williams' wife and brother to offer his condolences.

Born in Mount Vernon on Oct. 14, 1954, Williams was drafted 10th overall by the Knicks in 1977. He averaged 16.4 points in five seasons in New York and went on to play for New Jersey, Kansas City, Boston, Atlanta and San Antonio.

Williams, averaged 18.9 points in two seasons at the University of Minnesota, where he teamed with Kevin McHale, Mychal Thompson and longtime NBA coach Flip Saunders.
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Re: Ex-Knick Ray Williams has passed away

Postby Rooscooter on Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:27 pm

Why all the secrecy about the cause?.... Ray was one of the guys suspended for Coke I believe.... maybe it was related to that.....
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Re: Ex-Knick Ray Williams has passed away

Postby keyindabox on Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:25 am

Frazier wish he was able to mentor Williams

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/e ... oSsFN9IgFM

ORONTO — The Knicks drafted Ray Williams with the 10th pick in the 1977 draft as Walt Frazier’s successor.

As terrific a talent Williams was, it never worked out that way. Frazier, now an MSG Network analyst, regrets never having a chance to tutor the Mount Vernon product and make him into a perennial All-Star.

Williams, the Knicks point guard in the late 1970s and 1980s, died yesterday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan after battling colon cancer. He was 58.

Williams never quite lived up to his superstar potential and his life fell into disarray. He became unemployed, bankrupt and homeless in 2010.

Williams’ luck turned when he was brought back to his hometown and worked for Mount Vernon’s Recreation Department. Before becoming ill, he made appearances for the Knicks, who helped pay his hospital bills.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson, Williams’ teammate with the Knicks and Kansas City Kings, and assistant coach and former Knick Darrell Walker visited Williams in the hospital three weeks ago. Woodson called Williams’ death “a major loss.’’

Williams and the oft-troubled Micheal Ray Richardson will always be linked as the Knicks young backcourt pairing that never lived up to their hype and talent. Ironically, Richardson, who coaches a minor league team in Toronto, visited the Knicks locker room before last night’s game.

Williams filed for bankruptcy in 1994 and fell victim to a real-estate scam.

“[Williams] wasn’t really ready,’’ Frazier told The Post last night. “He needed more tutoring. I was thinking about it today, how different my life would’ve been if [then general manager] Willis Reed had come to me at that point and said: ‘Groom these guys.’ I would’ve been receptive to that. I knew my career was phasing out. Willis traded me instead.’’

Frazier and Williams made an appearance together for the Knicks last year in Queens.

“He was unbridled,’’ Frazier said. “I could’ve showed him a little more poise and composure. ... When they told me today, I had the flashback.

“He was the guy who was supposed to replace me and that’s why they traded me [to Cleveland]. Maybe it would’ve been different for him if I stayed around.’’
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Re: Ex-Knick Ray Williams has passed away

Postby Basketball Fan on Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:05 am

He died of cancer
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