Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/24/13
Dean Meminger (Photo credit: John Sotomayor/ The New York Times) The New York Knicks is mourning the loss of one of its greatest players.  Former team member Dean Meminger was found dead in a Manhattan hotel room yesterday, after hotel staff found him unconscious and unresponsive.  Meminger was only 65 years old. The former Knick’s guard, who was later pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel, may have  suffered from a drug overdose, however it has not been confirmed, as an investigation is currently underway. Meminger’s family who is now in mourning over their loss, is thanking everyone for their prayers and sympathy, while discussing the various contributions Dean has done for communities over the years. “We want to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences during this difficult time for our family,” Meminger’s family said in a statement.  ”Dean ‘The Dream’ Meminger touched the hearts of so many on and off the basketball court. Through basketball and education, he helped countless people around the country receive scholarships, high school and college admissions, and even employment.” Meminger also nicknamed ‘The Dream’ was drafted 16th by the Knicks in 1971 and led the team to a title during the 1973 world championship. Just four months ago in April, the 1973 championship team was commemorated, and celebrated their 40th anniversary at the Garden, with a proud Meminger present and celebrating with former team mates. During his NBA career, Meminger averaged about 6.1 points in six seasons with the Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks. After his basketball career, the former guard took on coached a few basketball teams such as New York Stars in the Women’s Basketball League, the Albany Patroons in the CBA and the Long Island Knights in the USBL, and Manhattanville College. Knicks General Manager Glen Grunwald, who considered Meminger an important part to the team shared heartfelt words and memories of the former guard. “Everyone at the New York Knicks’ organization is saddened to hear the news of Dean Meminger’s passing. From the day he was drafted by this franchise in 1971, Dean was a friend and close family member of this team. On April 5, 2013, the 1973 world championship team was honored at Madison Square Garden on its 40th anniversary. There was no one prouder than Dean to be back on the court with his teammates. We send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Meminger family.” A teary Earl Monroe, who was Meminger’s former teammate and close friend, saw Meminger just two weeks ago, while Monroe was hospitalized for a painful infection after undergoing knee surgery.  He was very saddened by the loss of his dear friend. “I’m devastated by the fact he’s passed,’’ Monroe told The Post yesterday. “His daughter called me. I’m her godfather, which is indicative of how close we had gotten and remained over the years. I’m kind of devastated. I’m not feeling great. This made me feel even worse.’” During his NBA career, Meminger averaged about 6.1 points in six seasons with the Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks. After his basketball career, the former guard took on coached a few basketball teams such as New York Stars in the Women’s Basketball League, the Albany Patroons in the CBA and the Long Island Knights in the USBL, and Manhattanville College.
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