SPANISH HARLEM – I write this while watching the New York Knicks pre-game show and feel a great sense of sadness. Mike Breen is speaking with Walt Frazier and clearly seeing the effect the last couple of hours had on him. The puffy eyes, said all you need to know and it can’t be easy for him to be on TV but he knows that this is the best way to honor the Captain Willis Reed.
It never easy when you lose a New York sports legend and Reed was beloved as any we ever had. He was the leader of the best Knicks team of all time and a special person that was respected by everybody he knew. His passion and commitment to his teammates was the main reason that he played in the in game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals with a torn muscle in his thigh, scoring the teams first 4 points. He exemplified perseverance and toughness, which propelled his team to win the game and their first NBA Championship.
Willis Reed’s history with that Knicks is etched in stone, with his number 19 retired in the rafters at Madison Square Garden. He will always be remembered as a Hall of Famer and one of the best centers to ever play the game. Today, we pay respects to one of the most beloved Knicks to ever grace the court and he will always have a special place in the hearts of New Yorkers that will last forever, for each generation of Knicks Fans
RIP Willis Reed
That’s it for now, come back tomorrow for Different Matt.