Max “Slats” Zaslofsky was an American professional basketball player and coach. He was First Team All-NBA four different seasons. In 1947–48, at 21 years of age he led the NBA in scoring, and in 1949–50 he led the league in free throw percentage.
Born: December 7, 1925, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Died: October 15, 1985, New Hyde Park, NY
Height: 6′ 2″
Playing career: 1946–1956
Coaching career: 1966–1968
Education: St John’s University Queens Campus, Thomas Jefferson High School
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player who is the principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. Born: February 17, 1963 (age 56 years), Brooklyn, New York, NY
Height: 6′ 6″
Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937 Brooklyn New York) is an American former basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). High School Boy’s High Brooklyn, College Providencw. He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, and in 2010 as part of the 1992 United States Olympic “Dream Team”, for which he was an assistant coach. He is also a 2006 inductee into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Wilkens was a combined 13-time NBA All-Star as a player (nine times) and as a head coach (four times), was the 1993 NBA Coach of the Year, won the 1979 NBA Championship as the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, and an Olympic gold medal as the head coach of the 1996 U.S. men’s basketball team.
During the 1994–95 season, Wilkens set the record for most coaching wins in NBA history, a record he held when he retired with 1,332 victories. Wilkens is now second on the list behind Don Nelson, who broke it in 2010. He won the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award for the 2010–11 NBA season. Wilkens is also the most prolific coach in NBA history, at 2,487 regular season games, 89 more games than Nelson, and over 400 more than any other coach, and has more losses than any other coach in NBA history, at 1,155.
Jack “Dutch” Garfinkel was an American basketball player. Garfinkel attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn and then nearby St. John’s University to play for future Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick. In 1941, he won the Haggerty Award, given to the top player in the New York City metropolitan area.
Born: June 13, 1918, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Died: August 14, 2013, Manhattan, New York, NY
Height: 6′ 0″ Thomas Jefferson High School, St John’s University Queens Campus
Lawrence Harvey Brown is an American basketball coach and former player who was most recently the head coach for Auxilium Torino of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A and EuroCup Basketball. Brown is the only coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA national championship and an NBA title.
Born: September 14, 1940 (age 78 years), Brooklyn, New York, NY
Playing career: 1967–1972
Hall of fame induction: 2002
Nancy Elizabeth Lieberman, nicknamed “Lady Magic”, is a former professional basketball player who played and coached in the Women’s National Basketball Association and currently works as a broadcaster
Born: July 1, 1958 (age 60 years), Brooklyn, New York, NY
Height: 5′ 10″
Hall of fame induction: 1996
Awards: Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Women’s Basketball
Cornelius “Connie” Lance Hawkins was an American basketball player in the American Basketball League, American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association, Harlem Globetrotters, and Harlem Wizards, as well as being a New York City playground legend. Born: July 17, 1942, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Died: October 6, 2017, Phoenix, AZ
Height: 6′ 8″ Hall of fame induction: 1992
Boys’ High School, The University of Iowa
William “Red” Holzman was an American professional basketball player and coach. He is probably best known as the head coach of the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association from 1967 to 1982. Born: August 10, 1920, Brooklyn, New York, NY, Coaching career: 1954–1982,Playing career: 1945–1954
William John Cunningham is an American former professional basketball player and coach, who was nicknamed the Kangaroo Kid. He spent a total of 17 seasons with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, and two seasons as a player with the Carolina Cougars of the ABA.
Born: June 3, 1943 (age 75 years), Brooklyn, New York, NY
Height: 6′ 7″
Number: 32 (Philadelphia 76ers / Small forward)
Position: Small forward, Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Erasmus Hall High School
John “Honey” Russell was an American basketball player and coach born in Brooklyn, New York. He turned professional after his sophomore year of high school, and for the next 28 years he played for numerous early 20th century pro teams, including many in the American Basketball League. Born: May 31, 1902, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Died: November 15, 1973, United States
Hall of fame induction: 1964