NBA pioneer, UCLA All-American Willie Naulls dies at 84 | NBA


Willie Naulls, a four-time NBA All-Star ahead who was an All-American for Corridor of Fame coach John Wood at UCLA, has died. He was 84.

The reason for dying in Laguna Niguel, Calif., was respiratory failure, his spouse, Dr. Anne Van de Water Naulls, informed The New York Instances.

A member of three consecutive NBA title groups with the Celtics in a profession spanning 10 seasons, Naulls additionally was a four-time All-Star with the Knicks.

Whereas with the Knicks within the early 1960s, he was named a staff captain, the primary black to carry that place on a significant U.S. skilled sports activities staff, in response to the Knicks.

Thought-about a dogged rebounder and powerful exterior shooter, Naulls — a 6-6, 225-pound ahead — was an All-American in 1955 at UCLA.

He performed in his first NBA All-Star Recreation in January 1958, becoming a member of Invoice Russell and Maurice Stokes as the one black gamers on the courtroom, in response to the Instances.

Naulls retired in 1966 after his three championship seasons with the Celtics. He averaged 15.eight factors and 9.1 rebounds per sport in 10 seasons.

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