NBA Legend Willie Naulls Has Passed Away

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NBA Legend Willie Naulls Has Passed Away

 

Yesterday, the NBA lost one of its most important figures in Willie Naulls, who passed away at the age of 84. According to his wife, Dr. Anne Van de Water Naulls, the cause of death was respiratory failure resulting from Churg-Strauss syndrome.

Naulls is a New York Knicks legend and still is 13th on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. He was a four time All-Star and a three time NBA Champion during his time with the Boston Celtics. But what made Naulls even more important for NBA history, is the fact that he is a pinoeer of diversity in sports. During his time with the Knicks, teammates voted for Naulls to become team captain. He then became the first black athlete to be a team’s captain in any major professional sports team.

 

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