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Ex-Knick Ray Williams Undergoing Treatment, Daily News Says

Former NY Knicks Player Ray Williams
A file photo shows Ray Williams of the New York Knicks moving the ball up court during a game played at the Boston Garden in Boston during 1984. Photographer: Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images

March 6 (Bloomberg) -- Former New York Knicks guard Ray Williams is being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for an undisclosed illness, the New York Daily News reported.

Williams, 58, played for the Knicks during five of his 10 National Basketball Association seasons from 1977 to 1987. He also had two stints with the New Jersey Nets.

The Daily News reported in 2011 that doctors discovered a large tumor in Williams’s colon after he became the first ex-player to take advantage of a free colon-cancer screening offered through the NBA Retired Players Association.

Madison Square Garden Co. Chairman James Dolan paid for him to be flown to New York from Florida for the current treatment.

Williams was homeless and living in a 1992 Buick as recently as two years ago, the newspaper said. Williams, who was born in Mount Vernon, New York, entered the NBA with the Knicks as the 10th pick in the 1977 draft.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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