Joe Lapchick

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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.

Lapchick was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1966. He died of a heart attack at the age of 70 .

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