In 1970 and 1973, Willis helped the Knicks win the NBA championship. During the first of these title runs, Reed won both league MVP and Finals MVP. Sadly, the NBA legend passed away today at the age of 80. Following this news, the New York Knicks released a statement on the matter.
“The Knicks organization is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Captain, Willis Reed,” the statement read. “As we mourn, we will always strive to uphold the standards he left behind — the unmatched leadership, sacrifice and work ethic that personified him as a champion among champions. His is a legacy that will live forever. We ask everyone to please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
For those who may not know, Reed had an incredible moment in the 1970 NBA Finals that has stood the test of time. During that series, he had suffered an awful injury that many thought would be impossible to come back from. However, the legend came back in Game 7 when his team needed him the most. Reed subsequently went on to score two quick baskets, and his team took care of the rest. It was one of the defining moments of the NBA during that era, and Reed will always be remembered for his tenacity.
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