The news that former New York Knicks star Dave DeBusschere died of a heart attack at the age of 62 makes me really sad. I grew up a Knicks fan, and got to see him play a couple of times back the glory days. I remember my folks taking me to Madison Square Garden for my birthday – somewhere among the stuff they sent me when they cleaned out the house prior to their move west in 1999 is a game program from February 19, 1972.
Mike Lupica is frequently a twit, but he’s the man to write an appreciation of a player like DeBusschere. He finds just the right quote:
“Sometimes you hear old guys in sports say they didn’t know how good they had it,” DeBusschere said to me once in a bar, because we both spent too much time in bars in our lives. “I knew how good I had it. We all did.”
It’s tough to say goodbye to a childhood icon. Rest in peace, Dave DeBusschere.