The NBRPA mourns the loss of the legendary Louis “Red” Klotz

July 14, 2014

Photo credit: Chris Polk / Associated Press

Hayley Glatter

The NBRPA would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the family of Louis “Red” Klotz who died Saturday in Margate, New Jersey. He was 93.

Klotz was a former NBA point guard and the mastermind behind the Washington Generals and New York Nationals, two franchises who toured with and lost to the Harlem Globetrotters.

After attending Villanova University, Klotz played on the Baltimore Bullets’ 1947-48 championship team, and at 5-foot-7, became the shortest player to ever win an NBA title. He then helped form the Generals and Nationals, teams that would go on to lose thousands of games to the Globetrotters in more than 100 countries. Over his professional career, Klotz coached or played in more than 14,000 games over eight decades.

In 2011, Klotz became the first non-Globetrotter to have his number retired by the team, and his biography, “The Legend of Red Klotz: How Basketball’s Loss Leader Won Over the World, 14,000 Times,” was published in late 2013.