50° Good Evening
50° Good Evening

Ray Lumpp dead, former Knicks guard and Olympian was 91

US 1948 gold medalist Ray Lumpp talks to

US 1948 gold medalist Ray Lumpp talks to the Associated Press in London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Credit: AP / Sang Tan

Ray Lumpp, the 1948 U.S. Olympic guard who appeared in two NBA Finals for the Knicks, died Friday. He was 91.

The Knicks announced his death. They didn't provide a cause.

The native New Yorker was acquired by the Knicks on Jan. 26, 1949, from the Indianapolis Jets and played in 214 games with them through 1953. Lumpp was part of Knicks teams that lost to Minneapolis in the 1951 and 1952 NBA Finals.

Lumpp averaged 12.7 points in 61 games in 1948-49 with Indianapolis and New York in the Basketball Association of America, the league that merged with the National Basketball League after that season to form the NBA. He averaged 7.1 points in 231 games in five seasons in the NBA with New York and Baltimore.

Born July 11, 1923, in Brooklyn, Lumpp attended NYU and played for the Americans in London, where they went 8-0 en route to the gold medal.

New York Sports