Dean Meminger, who played with Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe on the New York Knicks’ 1973 National Basketball Association championship team, was found dead yesterday in a Manhattan hotel room. He was 65.
New York City police said they had begun an investigation into his death, according to the Associated Press.
“From the day he was drafted by this franchise in 1971, Dean was a friend and close family member of this team,” Knicks General Manager Glen Grunwald said in a statement. “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.”
Meminger, drafted out of Marquette University as the Knicks’ first-round pick and 16th overall in 1971, averaged 6.1 points in six seasons with New York and the Atlanta Hawks.
During three varsity seasons at Marquette, he averaged 18.8 points.
Meminger coached the New York Stars in the Women’s Basketball League, the Albany Patroons in the Continental Basketball Association and the Long Island Knights in the United States Basketball League. He coached Manhattanville College in 2003-04.
“Dean ‘The Dream’ Meminger touched the hearts of so many on and off the basketball court,” his family said in a statement obtained by the AP. “Through basketball and education, he helped countless people around the country receive scholarships, high school and college admissions, and even employment.”