August 26, 2013

The NBRPA extends condolences to the family of former NBA player Dean Meminger, who passed away at the age of 65.

Meminger played six seasons in the NBA for the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks.. Meminger was a member of the 1973 New York Knicks who knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers to be crowned NBA Champions.  As a member of the Knicks, Meminger was a member of a brilliant back court that included Walt Frazier, Dick Barnett and Earl Monroe.  During his career Meminger tallied 2,552 points, 1,086 rebounds and 1,046 assists.  Meminger was drafted by the New York Knicks during the first round of the 1971 NBA Draft as the 16 overall pick.  Known mainly as a backup, Meminger was remembered for his whirlwind dribbling, being a superb defensive player and a clever ball handler with fine court sense.

After his time in the NBA expired, Meminger coached the New York Stars in the Women's Professional Basketball League and won a championship in 1980.  Meminger also coached the Albany Patroons of the CBA for a short stint.

Meminger played collegiately at Marquette University and in 1971 during his senior season was named a member of the AP All-American First Team.  in 1970 Meminger was named the MVP of the N.I.T. after knocking off St. John's.