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Hall of Famer DeBusschere dies at 62

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
ESPN Classic remembers Dave DeBusschere

NBA Hall of Famer Dave DeBusschere, a forward on two championship teams with the New York Knicks and also the youngest coach in league history, died Wednesday of a heart attack at 62.

ESPN Classic will pay a special tribute to DeBusschere on Thursday, May 15 from 1-8 p.m. ET.

Dave DeBusschere served as general manager of the Knicks after his playing career.
DeBusschere's exploits in the world of sports also included a stint as commissioner of the ABA and parts of two seasons as a major league pitcher with the Chicago White Sox in 1962-63.

But it was in basketball that DeBusschere excelled. He gave up baseball after two seasons and a 3-4 record in 36 games to concentrate on his NBA career. DeBusschere was elected to the Hall in 1983 after playing 11 seasons in the NBA. In 1997, he was picked as one of the 50 greatest players in league history.

ESPN Classic
Dave DeBusschere Tribute
Thursday, May 15 from 1-8 p.m. ET

1 p.m. - 1970 NBA Finals, Game 7: Lakers at Knicks

3 p.m. - Schaap One on One: Dave DeBusschere

3:30 p.m. - Vintage NBA: Dave DeBusschere

4:30 p.m. - 1970 NBA Finals, Game 7: Lakers at Knicks

6:30 p.m. - Schaap One on One: Dave DeBusschere

7 p.m. - Vintage NBA: Dave DeBusschere

What They're Saying about Dave DeBusschere

Hall of Famer Bill Bradley:
"Dave DeBusschere was a loyal friend, an unselfish teammate and a quality human being. His strength, dedication and modesty lay at the core of our great Knick teams. He was like a brother to me. The world seems like a diminished place today for me, for his family, for hundreds of his friends and thousands of his fans."

ESPN's Dick Vitale:
"I was shocked and saddened by the news of the passing of Dave DeBusschere. When I think of DeBusschere, I remember an iron man, a warrior, a tough, hard-nosed competitor. ... DeBusschere will be missed by his many friends and his family. Everybody knew he was the consummate professional who came to play. None of his coaches had to worry about his effort and performance. He played only one way, with feeling, emotion and pride. He's one key reason that championship banners are flying high at Madison Square Garden."

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