Found March 22, 2013 on The Other Paper:
Former NBA star Ray Williams passed away today at Manhattan's Sloan-Kettering Hospital after a long battle with colon cancer.  The former New York Knicks guard, who had fallen on unbelievably hard times, was 58 when he died, reports the New York Post. Williams' harrowing rags-to-riches-to-rags story is a cautionary tale for all athletes or anyone who thinks they have got it all.  The Mount Vernon, N.Y. playground legend was a first-round NBA draft pick out of Minnesota in 1977 and played 10 seasons with six teams over his career and went to the NBA finals with the Larry Bird-led Celtics in 1985. Doctors affiliated with a New Jersey medical group that offers health care to indigent athletes discovered a tumor in his colon during a routine colonoscopy.  At the time, Williams was homeless and living in a 1992 Buick. Former Knicks guard Ray Williams, who was brought to NYC for his final days by the Knicks, has passed away according to the team. — Steve Popper (@StevePopper) March 22, 2013 The gritty guard — fondly known as "Sugar Ray" — retired in 1987 and blew the $2 million he had earned throughout his career but always insisted he never fell prey to drugs, alcohol or gambling. In 1994 he filed for bankruptcy and a $200,000 grant he received from the NBA Legends Foundation was lost in a real estate scam. Knicks coach Mike Woodson — who played one season with Williams — recently visited his ailing friend. “He was awesome,'' Woodson told The Post recently. "Physical. Tough. Knew how to play. He was a prototype combo guard because he can play 1, he could play 2 and could guard the 3 because he was so physical. To see him in the hospital like that you don’t wish that on anyone. That’s why we should be fortunate we can walk around and laugh.'' Williams, who played at Minnesota, averaged 16.4 points for the Knicks. He was a backcourt mate of Micheal Ray Richardson. "We talked about fond memories,'' Woodson said. "We have a lot of fond memories. We laughed about a lot of things. It was kind of nice.'' In the late '70's and early '80's Williams did two stints with both the Knicks and the New Jersey Nets and was a shining star. It's sad to think about hard that star fell.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

New York Knicks Weekly Bench Report – March 21, 2013

Since our last bench report, the New York Knicks have limped their way to an overall record of 2-2 in the past week. They salvaged one win on their west coast trip from hell, winning in Utah in what will forever be remembered as the “Kurt Thomas” game. They then returned home to the Garden last night and got an expected but nonetheless a much needed win against the dismal Orlando...
NOT A GOOD LOOK

JR Smith clowns coach's ugly shirt

I guess Knicks guard JR Smith fancies himself somewhat of a fashionista, seeing that he took it upon himself to critique his coach’s choice in outerwear. To be fair to Smith, that is one of the ugliest shirts ever seen on a man. White polka dots on a black shirt are so 2010, and why do they not continue to the upper back portion of Woodson’s top? Even Woodson looks about as impressed...

Turn On The Knicks Throwback Thursday – March 21st Edition

The Knicks wouldn’t have defeated the Jazz Monday night without the efforts of Kurt Thomas.  Sure, he only scored six points and injured himself after playing a season high 26 minutes, but at the age of 40, his heart and hustle was used as motivation for the rest of the team. Still, no matter how old he gets, his post defense is not to be ignored and the elbow jay is automatic...

Knicks Clinch Playoff Birth By Taking Down Necessary Team

The Knicks have struggled to achieve consistent winning ways over the years. This season's barrage of ongoing injuries have certainly not made it any easier to do so.But regardless of the circumstances, Mike Woodson and his squad have kept a number of different things in mind as they look to secure their place at the top of the Atlantic Division. Emerging as a division leader...

What a Difference a Month Makes

On February 22, I posted an article comparing the advantages of age and experience versus those of youth and athleticism that has been so applicable to the New York Knicks all season. Now, just one month later, it is time to revisit that debate because in the case of the 2012-2013 Knicks it appears that the issue may be more clear. To refresh your memory, this Knicks team is the...

Jason Kidd could retire after season

New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd will soon turn 40, and the veteran told reporters – including Frank Isola of The New York Daily News – that he’s not ruling out retirement after the season.Kidd – whose career has spans three decades – told reporters that he’s taking things “one year at a time.” Several people close to the future Hall of Famer said they wouldn’t...

Marshall Henderson loves JaVale McGee and JR Smith

Marshall Henderson has been one of the most entertaining players throughout the college basketball season, so it’s no surprise that a few players he likes in the NBA are big showmen. During a news conference Thursday a day ahead of Ole Miss’ first-round NCAA Tournament game against Wisconsin, Henderson revealed that two of his favorite NBA players are notorious celebrators and...

Knicks Pounce on the Raptors 110-84

Knicks 110 Raptors 84 Boxscore Knicks Collective Effort: Tonight the New York Knicks pounded the Toronto Raptors into submission with a 110-84 win. NY is tied with Indiana for the 2nd seed because Indiana lost to the Bulls tonight. The Knicks had solid contributions from Melo, JR Smith and new fan favorite, Kenyon Martin. Tonight was a complete team effort, as the entire team moved...

Carmelo Anthony In ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Promo

Not sure how this came about, but Carmelo Anthony narrates this new promo for Season 3 of the HBO series, Game of Thrones:

Knicks beat Raptors, clinch playoffs

Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks clinched a playoff berth with a 99-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Martin shot 9 of 10 from the field and didn't miss until 1:40 remained in the game, J.R. Smith scored 14 points and the Knicks earned their 41st win. That guaranteed they'll reach the...

Knicks 110, Raptors 84

Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, Kenyon Martin had another big game against Toronto, and the New York Knicks finished off a home-and-home sweep of the Raptors with a 110-84 victory Saturday night. J.R. Smith added 25 points for the Knicks, who beat the Raptors for the second straight night and won their fourth consecutive game. Martin had 18 points and seven rebounds, a night after...

Knicks 99, Raptors 94

Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks clinched a playoff berth with a 99-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Martin shot 9 of 10 from the field and didn't miss until 1:40 remained in the game, J.R. Smith scored 14 points and the Knicks earned their 41st win. That guaranteed they'll reach the...

Patrick Ewing Says Knicks Aren’t Good Enough To Dethrone The Heat

Patrick Ewing never won an NBA title as a New York Knick in large part to the presence of Michael Jordan.  Ewing who still follows his former franchise closely, thinks Carmelo Anthony will suffer the same fate because of LeBron James. Ewing told ESPN New York that the Knicks are not good enough to beat and dethrone the Heat for an NBA championship. “I don’t think anybody’s...

Knicks-Raptors Preview

The New York Knicks were relieved to see Carmelo Anthony playing like his usual self after he missed some time with an injury. With a sorely depleted frontcourt, they'll likely need Anthony at his best as they continue to pursue the Atlantic Division title. A home-and-home set against the struggling Toronto Raptors could help their cause, with the first meeting coming in Toronto...
Knicks News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.