(Springfield, MA) - Richard McGuire, voted the best player in St. John’s University history and seven-time NBA All Star passed away today at the age of 84. McGuire was a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1993.
Upon learning of McGuire's passing, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's President and CEO, John L. Doleva released the following statement, "Dick McGuire was a true friend to the sport of basketball and to the Hall of Fame. He was beloved by so many and left an indelible mark as both a collegiate and professional player, as well as an outstanding coach."
McGuire, born on January 25, 1926 in New York, NY, played his college basketball under Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick at St. John’s University. He would be selected as a Helms Foundation All-American in 1944 while leading St. John’s to the NIT Championship. McGuire would receive the Haggerty Award in 1944 and 1949 which is symbolic of New York’s outstanding college basketball player and was voted as the best player in St. John’s history. Along with his brother Al, former head coach at Marquette University, the McGuires comprise the only brother Hall of Famer tandem. McGuire would play in the NBA with the New York Knicks from 1949-1957 and the Detroit Pistons from 1957 – 1960. He would be selected to seven NBA All-Star games over the course of his career and led the Knicks to three-straight NBA Finals appearances from 1951 – 1953. McGuire would coach in the NBA for seven seasons with the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks, leading his teams to the playoffs five times.