Willis Reed, the heart and soul of the New York Knicks’ most recent NBA championship team, and the man who gave New York City sports one of its most iconic moments, has died at the age of 80.
Known simply as “The Captain” years before Derek Jeter was born, Reed played 10 seasons in the NBA, all with the Knicks, for whom he also served as coach and general manager after his playing career ended in 1974.
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He also coached and was an executive with the Nets when they played their games in New Jersey and was an executive with the New Orleans Hornets from 2004-07, The New York Post reports.
The first member of the Knicks to have his number retired, Reed was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982 and was named…