Joseph B. "Joe" Lapchick (born April 12, 1900 in Yonkers , New York , † August 10, 1970 in Monticello , New York) was an American basketball player and coach. He is best known for his time with the Original Celtics in the 1920s and 1930s. Lapchick is considered to be the first real big man in basketball; despite his huge 1.96 m (for the time) he was unusually agile. After his active career, he coached several professional teams as well as the university team of St. John's University . Between 1951 and 1953 Lapchick led the New York Knicks three times in a row in the NBA Finals , but lost each time.
- Joe Lapchick in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame On: Hoophall website; Springfield, MA, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018 (in English).
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Lapchick, Joseph B.|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American basketball player and coach|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 12, 1900|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Yonkers , New York, USA|
|DATE OF DEATH||August 10, 1970|
|Place of death||Monticello , New York, USA|