A week after losing Hall of Famer Dick McGuire, the Knicks today mourn the passing of yet another legend, Carl Braun, who died in Florida of natural causes at the age of 82.
Braun is often recalled as the Knicks' first star player. The 6-5 guard averaged 13.5 points per game in his 13-season NBA career, which includes the first two as the BAA and his final season was with the Boston Celtics. He played from 1947-62.
In Dennis D'Agostino's book, "Garden of Glory," McGuire talked about the impact that Braun made when he arrived as a 20-year-old out of Colgate in 1947.
"A very, very good shooter who changed his whole game around for us and became a very good passer," McGuire said. "Scoring was his strength coming out of college. He was a big scorer. But he came here, and we passed the ball, and he became a more-than-adequate passer. He changed his game along the way.
"We backdoored guys an awful lot, me and Carl. He was such a good shooter that he'd fake to come to me on a back door, and it was easy just to throw the pass right through there. And he got where he could do that with other people."
Braun was born in Brooklyn and played his high school ball at Garden City on Long Island. He was a five-time all-star from 1953-57 and currently ranks fifth on the Knicks' all-time scoring list with 10,449 points. He also served as player-coach in 1959-60 and 60-61.
Braun was honored last season as part of Knicks Legends Awards night. Braun was the only one among the group of the franchise's greats in each decade -- McGuire, Richie Guerin, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Bernard King and Patrick Ewing -- who was unable to attend the ceremony.
There will be a funeral Tuesday at St. Christopher's Church in Hobe Sound, Fla.