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Ex-Knicks great is dead at 62

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Dave DeBusschere's death shocked his old friends and teammates because he always seemed soindestructible, a rugged rebounder and the defensive conscience of two New York Knicks championship teams.

DeBusschere died of a heart attack Wednesday at NYU Downtown Hospital after collapsing on a Manhattan street. He was 62.

He was a distinctivepersonality who went from the court to the front office to the Hall of Fame, youngest coach in league history, commissioner of the rival ABA and thegeneral manager who picked Patrick Ewing for the Knicks in the NBA's first draft lottery.

"As a player, coach,general manager, and ABA commissioner, Dave DeBusschere was a winner," NBA commissioner David Stern said. "He was a hard-nosed, blue-collar hero who gave all of his considerable energy to our game. Our game has lost an icon.''

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BeBusschere played two sports. He also pitched for two seasons for the Chicago White Sox, going 3-4 in 36 games.

DeBusschere's legacy, Page 2D

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