Williamson of Grizzlies, Rucker’s ‘Eggman,’ Dies of Cancer at 65

Kenny Williamson, the “Eggman” of New York’s Rucker Park who ascended to the front office of National Basketball Association teams, died after a battle with cancer. He was 65.

Williamson spent the past six years with the Memphis Grizzlies, most recently as assistant general manager, after three seasons as scouting director for the Charlotte Bobcats. He also spent six years as a scout with the New York Knicks and was a college assistant for 21 years, working under coaches such as Lou Carnesecca, Denny Crum and Jim Valvano.

“Anyone who ever met ‘Eggman’ will never forget him,” Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace said in a statement announcing Williamson’s death. “He had a huge personality and was extremely well respected, both professionally and personally.”

Williamson was a native of Harlem in upper Manhattan and a well-known fixture at Rucker Park, where he was featured in a television documentary and an NBA-produced film about the historic basketball court. He got his nickname from a childhood chore hauling laundry for his grandmother in a wicker basket similar to one a local man used to deliver eggs, he was quoted as saying in an interview on the Grizzlies’ website.

Williamson is survived by his wife, Nicole, five children and four grandchildren, according to the Grizzlies, who said funeral arrangements are pending.

Photographer: Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Kenny Williamson, assistant general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies, watches practice during the EA Sports NBA Europe Live Tour in Malga, Spain, on Oct. 6, 2007. Close

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Kenny Williamson, assistant general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies, watches practice during the EA Sports NBA Europe Live Tour in Malga, Spain, on Oct. 6, 2007.

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