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Deep in our hearts a memory is kept, Of those we loved and shall never forget.

Max “Slats” Zaslofsky


Max “Slats” Zaslofsky, a.k.a. “The Touch,” (born December 7, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, died October 15, “1985”is a former professional basketball player and coach. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, and played at St. John’s University for one season (1945-46). While playing for the Chicago Stags of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), Zaslofsky was named All-BAA First Team 1946-47 at the age of 21, he became the youngest player ever so honored, an achievement which stood for near 40 years until he was surpassed by “LeBron James” . The next season, he led the league in scoring (1007 points) . In 1949-50 he led the league in free throw percentage. After the Stags folded, Zaslofsky was assigned to the New York Knicks. He played briefly for the Baltimore Bullets and the Milwaukee Hawks. He ended up with the Fort Wayne Pistons. In 1956 he ended his career as 3rd leading scorer all-time (up to that point), behind George Mikan and Joe Fulks. In addition to his 1946-47 All-NBA First Team honors, Zaslofsky was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1947-48, 1948-49, and 1949-50. He also played in the 1952 All-Star Game. He would later coach for two seasons in the American Basketball Association (ABA), with the New Jersey Americans/New York Nets. He is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

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