Voted as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, and won two titles with the New York Knicks.
Although his family lived on a farm, it was his parents insistence that got him to school.
He played in game 7 of the 1970 NBA finals despite a severe thigh injury, which is still considered a legendary performance.
He had two children with his wife Gale, and one with his mistress.
Before there was Patrick Ewing, he excited Madison Square Garden night in and night out with his superior play.