Harthorne Wingo, fan favourite on 1973 New York Knicks title staff, dies at age 73

NEW YORK — Harthorne Wingo, a fan favourite and reserve on the New York Knicks‘ 1973 NBA championship staff, has died. He was 73.

He died Jan. 20 in a New York Metropolis hospital, the New York Metropolis Workplace of the Chief Medical Examiner informed The Related Press. The trigger was not instantly accessible.

The 6-foot-6 ahead spent 4 seasons with the Knicks from 1972-76, averaging 4.eight factors and three.5 rebounds. He additionally performed abroad.

The Knicks acknowleged Wingo’s demise Monday and tweeted an announcement from former Knicks star and present broadcaster Walt Frazier, who remembered Wingo as “a really distinctive particular person.”

“He was effervescent, gregarious, with an infectious persona not solely endearing to his teammates however the Knicks Nation as properly,” Frazier stated.

Aside from Frazier, Wingo performed on a title staff with the likes of Willis Reed, Earl Monroe, Invoice Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Jerry Lucas, Dick Barnett and Phil Jackson.

Wingo was from Tryon, a city in Polk County close to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. He performed in junior faculty earlier than making his method to New York and incomes a repute as an elite playground participant on the famed Rucker Park.

As a Knick, he could not have performed a lot, however he received over Madison Sq. Backyard followers. They’d chant for Wingo to come back off the bench, delighting within the lyrical ring of his identify, as if they’d simply accomplished a successful Bingo card.

The Beastie Boys referenced Wingo’s identify in a rap lyric to the tune “Lay It On Me” greater than a decade after Wingo’s Knicks profession had ended.

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