Carl Braun, one of the top guards of the 1950s, a five-time All-Star and former New York Knicks all-time leading scorer, has passed away at the age of 82.
Braun, a Brooklyn native, entered the NBA just after World War II in 1947 and had a 13-year career, 12 of those with the Knickerbockers. Eight of his first nine years in the league he scored at least 14 points per game (and that other year he was at 13.9), which is why when he left the team in 1961 he was the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 10,625 points. He is still fifth on the Knicks all-time list.
His final two years with the Knicks, he served as a player coach. He finished his career after one season with the Celtics.
Braun died of natural causes while living in Florida. He is survived by his wife Joan, four daughters and six grand children.
Braun is the second Knicks legend to die in the last week. Dick McGuire, a member of the Hall of Fame, passed away last Wednesday.
Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.
However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”
There is no timetable for his return.
The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.
But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.
Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.
And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.
Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.
Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.
Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.