Dean Meminger dies: Former New York Knicks basketball star was 65

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Dean Meminger, a former player for the New York Knicks who helped win that team's 1973 NBA title, was found dead in a New York City hotel room on Friday (Aug. 23). He was 65 years old.

A first-round draft pick in 1971, Meminger was known as a top guard and defender for the team. He scored 13 points in the second quarter of Game 7 the Eastern Conference finals in 1973, helping the Knicks defeat the Boston Celtics for the title. Phil Jackson, a teammate of Meminger's at the time described the feat to the New York Times: "It was a signature performance in our history."

After ending his pro-basketball career, Meminger worked in coaching, leading the New York Stars to the Women's Professional Basketball League championship in 1980. Drug-addiction issues, however, plagued Meminger from this time onward. While a coach at Manhattanville College in 2003, the former player said that he had abused cocaine for years, only getting clean in 2001.

Meminger's cause of death remains under investigation, although police have said that there were no signs of trauma. He is survived by his two children, Dean Jr. and Maisha.

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