Dick McGuire

December 23, 2009 10:09 am EST
The man who has been synonymous with New York City basketball for more than half a century, Hall of Famer Dick McGuire celebrates his 53rd season as a member of the Knickerbockers in 2009-10.

With the conclusion of the current season, will have touched each of the eight decades of the club's history as player, coach, chief scout, director of scouting services and now as senior basketball consultant...Named to current post in 2006...Has been a Knick for 53 of the franchise’s 64 years (including each of the last 45 seasons).

Long recognized as one of game's greatest judges of talent...Basketball acumen has played major role in the drafting of two-plus decades’ worth of talent, spanning from Mark Jackson, Rod Strickland, Greg Anthony, Hubert Davis and Charlie Ward to Nate Robinson, David Lee, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari.

Place among game’s immortals was certified in 1993, with long-overdue election to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame...His Knicks No. 15 was formally retired on Mar. 14, 1992...Inducted into Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame in September 2003...Namesake and winner of first annual Dick McGuire Knicks Legacy Award in March 2009.

Earned All-America honors at St. John's in the 1940's...Knicks' top draft pick in 1949.

During eight seasons as a Knick (1949-50 through 1956-57), notched 2,950 assists, still third-best on all-time franchise list behind Walt Frazier and Mark Jackson...Chalked up then-NBA record 386 assists in 1949-50, which stood as team rookie mark for nearly four decades (broken by Mark Jackson in 1987-88)...Led Knicks to three straight NBA Finals (1951-52-53)...Traded to Detroit in 1957; played three seasons w/Pistons and became player-coach in December 1959...Retired as player in 1960, logging 738 career games with 8.0 points and 5.7 assists...Appeared in seven NBA All-Star Games...All-NBA Second Team in 1950-51.

Succeeded Harry Gallatin as Knicks head coach on Nov. 29, 1965, and has remained with Knicks ever since...Coached Knicks to 1967 NBA Playoffs, ending NY’s seven-year post-season drought and igniting streak of nine straight post-season appearances that included ’70 and ’73 NBA titles...On Dec. 27, 1967, Dick and Red Holzman exchanged positions (Holzman became head coach, McGuire chief scout and assistant coach)...Compiled a 197-261 mark as an NBA head coach (75-103 with Knicks)...Led Pistons to NBA Playoffs in all four seasons as Detroit's head coach.

Member of both the Garden’s Hall of Fame and Walk of Fame...Enshrined in St. John's University Athletic Hall of Fame, Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame and New York City Sports Hall of Fame...1990 charter inductee into New York City Basketball Hall of Fame...Honored in 1987 by NBA Coaches Association.

Brother of late, legendary Marquette coach and analyst Al McGuire, a Knick teammate in early '50s...The McGuires are the only brother combination enshrined in Springfield, and are also enshrined in New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.

83 years young (Jan. 25, 1926; Bronx, NY)...Lives in Dix Hills, NY, with wife Teri...Dickie and Teri have four grown children - Richard Jr., Leslie, Michael and Scott - and seven grandchildren...Scotty has joined his dad on Knicks' scouting staff since 1988.