Former Mount Vernon basketball standout Ray Williams, who went on to an NBA career that included a pair of stints with both the Knicks and Nets, died Friday in New York. He was 58.
The cause of death reportedly was colon cancer. Williams, who wound up homeless in Florida at one point following his 10-season NBA career, learned only recently — after taking advantage of the NBA Retired Players Association’s free colon cancer screening program — that he had an advanced tumor.
Upon learning of the diagnosis, Knicks owner James Dolan reportedly paid for Williams to be treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Williams, a guard, was selected 10th overall by the Knicks in the 1977 NBA draft. He became a captain for the Knicks and once scored 52 points in a game.
Williams also played for the Kansas City Kings, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 assists per game during his career.
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