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Red Holzman
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Basketball Coach
    (August 10, 1920-November 13, 1998)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Birth name was William Holzman
    Played for the Rochester Royals (1945-53) and Milwaukee Hawks (1953-54)
    Head coach of the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks (1954-57) and New York Knicks (1967-77,1978-82)
    Coaching record of 696 wins, 604 losses
    Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame (1985)
    Kicks retired #613 (number of his wins as their head coach) in his honor
    He was signed by the Royals without anyone seeing him play solely to appeal to Rochester's Jewish community.
    When he was first offered the position as head coach of the Knicks, he turned it down because he wanted to remain a scout. He eventually accepted because 'I realized that if I didn't take the coaching job, I might not have any job.'
    He said, '[The players] always kid me about my speeches because they were always the same: Everybody we were going to play was the best team in the world.'
    He and his wife Selma were married for 55 years.
    He won NBA titles as a player (1951) and as a coach (1970,1973).
    As a scout for the Knicks, he discovered Willis Reed and Walt Frazier.
    Phil Jackson said, 'He's the reason I am a coach.'
    He said, 'I don't think there is such a thing as a coaching genius. Just hard workers.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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