Harry Gallatin, Basketball Hall of Famer, Dies at Age 88

October 7th, 2015 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

The New York Knicks confirmed that team legend and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Harry Gallatin died Wednesday. He was 88.

Gallatin played for the Knicks from 1948 through 1957. He made seven All-Star teams during that stretch while also earning a first-team All-NBA selection in 1954.

He moved on to the Detroit Pistons for a short stint following his Knicks career. He then transitioned into the coaching realm, leading the St. Louis Hawks for two-plus seasons, including the 1962-63 campaign, when he was named Coach of the Year.      

The Illinois native made his return to the Knicks as the team's head coach midway through the 1964-65 season. He couldn't replicate the success he had as a player, however, and was let go the following year. He went 136-120 (.531) overall across parts of four seasons on the bench.

That lack of coaching success didn't tarnish his legacy with the team, though. He'll always be remembered for his tenacious play down low, where he made up for his lack of size (6'6", 210 lbs) with a combination of strength and skill that allowed him to adapt as the game ...

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