Ex-Knicks, Nets guard Ray Williams dead at 58 after colon cancer battle
NY, NY, United States (NewsBahn) – Former New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets guard Ray Williams has died at the age of 58.
The Mount Vernon, New York product and 10th pick of the NBA draft had a battle with colon cancer.
He was friends and teammates with current Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who spurred team owner James Dolan to pay for Williams’ transport from Florida to New York and medical care at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
“It’s a major loss, I was very good friends with Ray … he’s part of our Knicks family,” Woodson said Friday night. “Our organization has been fantastic through this. I tip my hat to the Knicks. They stood in Ray’s corner. He’ll be missed. There is no doubt about that.”
Williams averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 assists per game over a 10-year career after which he went through financial issues and declared bankruptcy.