Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two championships (1970 and 1973), and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting; he is currently a color commentator for telecasts of Knicks games on the MSG Network.
Walt Frazier in 1977
|Born||March 29, 1945|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||David T. Howard (Atlanta, Georgia)|
|College||Southern Illinois (1963–1967)|
|NBA draft||1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|1967–1977||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||15,581 (18.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,830 (5.9 rpg)|
|Assists||5,040 (6.1 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as player|
|College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2006
The eldest of nine children, Frazier attended Atlanta's David Tobias Howard High School. He quarterbacked the football team and played catcher on the baseball team. He learned basketball on a rutted and dirt playground, the only facility available at his all-black school in the racially segregated South of the 1950s. After Howard, Frazier attended Southern Illinois University. Although he was offered other scholarships for his football skills, Frazier accepted a basketball offer from Southern Illinois University, saying that "there were no black quarterbacks, so I played basketball."
Frazier became one of the premier collegiate basketball players in the country. He was named a Division II All-American in 1964 and 1965. As a sophomore in 1965, Frazier led SIU to the NCAA Division II Tournament, only to lose in the finals to Jerry Sloan and the Evansville Purple Aces 85–82 in overtime. In 1966, he was academically ineligible for basketball.
SIU moved up from Division II to Division I in 1967, and Frazier and SIU won the National Invitation Tournament, beating Marquette University 71–56 in the final, in the last college basketball game played at the old Madison Square Garden in New York. Frazier was named Most Valuable Player of the 1967 tournament.
Frazier was drafted fifth overall by the New York Knicks. He scored just two points in a 13-point loss against the Detroit Pistons in his NBA debut, but then went on to become one of five NBA players to be named to the NBA All-Rookie Team during the 1967–68 season.
After averaging only 9.0 points per game during his rookie year, Frazier's 17.5 points, 7.9 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game averages in his second year playing for New York made him one of the most improved players in the league.
Frazier was chosen as an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career during the 1969–70 season. He would go on to be selected to seven NBA All-Star Games over the course of his 10-year stint with the Knicks.
The Knicks were able to make it all the way to the NBA Finals during the 1970 NBA playoffs thanks to the great play of both Frazier and star teammate Willis Reed. However, in game five, Reed suffered a leg injury, making him unable to walk for the next few days. With Reed out, chances of the Knicks winning the championship were slim. However, Reed returned to the series, playing the first two minutes of game seven and scoring the first two points of the game. Reed was in too much pain to continue to play for the last 46 minutes of the game, meaning that it was up to Frazier to lead New York to the victory. Frazier recorded 36 points, seven rebounds, 19 assists, and six steals during the game. His performance is one of the greatest performances in NBA playoff history. ESPN is one of the many websites to call Frazier's incredible game the greatest game seven performance ever.
The Knicks were unable to repeat as champions in 1971, falling to the Baltimore Bullets and their star shooting guard Earl Monroe in the second round of the playoffs despite Frazier's great 20.4 points per game average during the second series.
Following the 1970–71 season the Knicks traded for Earl Monroe, whom was always difficult for Frazier to guard. Not many people thought that he could fit in with Walt, however, Monroe and Frazier soon become known as one of the best backcourts in the league, even earning the nickname the "Rolls Royce" backcourt.
The Knicks returned to the NBA Finals in 1972, but fell to the Los Angeles Lakers who completed a record-setting season with an NBA championship.
Frazier won his and the Knicks' second NBA championship in 1973, when the Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in a five-game series. Frazier's defense on Jerry West played a major role in defeating the star-filled team.
In 1976, Frazier was selected for his seventh and final NBA All-Star Game.
While playing for the Knicks, he picked up the nickname "Clyde" because he wore a hat similar to that of Warren Beatty, who played Clyde Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1968.
Frazier held Knicks' franchise records for most games (759), minutes played (28,995), field goals attempted (11,669), field goals made (5,736), free throws attempted (4,017), free throws made (3,145), assists (4,791) and points (14,617). Patrick Ewing eventually broke most of those records, but Frazier's assists record still stands.
After ten years in New York, Frazier ended his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Frazier was traded to the Cavaliers after the 1976–77 season for the younger Jim Cleamons. The trade left the NBA world stunned, as many people were furious that New York was willing to let go of arguably their greatest player in franchise history. Frazier played only 66 games over the course of three seasons with the Cavaliers. He retired midway through the 1979–80 season, when he only played 3 games and averaged career-lows of 3.3 points and 2.7 assists before being waived.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|†||Denotes season in which Frazier won an NBA championship|
|Occurred in playoff competition|
|19||Los Angeles Lakers||Home||May 8, 1970||44||36||7|
|17||Baltimore Bullets||Away||March 30, 1969||44||26||7|
|16||Philadelphia 76ers||Away||January 22, 1969||22|
|16||Los Angeles Lakers||Home||February 18, 1969||30|
|16||Philadelphia 76ers||Away||March 9, 1969||18|
|16||San Francisco Warriors||Home||October 23, 1969||18|
|16||Phoenix Suns||Away||December 28, 1969||42||12||1|
Frazier scored 40 or more points five times in the regular season.
|44||Los Angeles Lakers||Away||November 2, 1973||46||20||28||4||4||7||5|
|43||San Diego Rockets||Home||October 30, 1969||14||22||15||19|
|43||Phoenix Suns||Away||January 11, 1975||48||17||24||9||10||3||5|
|41||Cincinnati Royals||Home||January 1, 1972||45||17||24||7||8||9||3|
|41||Indiana Pacers||Away||March 31, 1977||45||12||20||17||20||7||11|
|Points||44||at Los Angeles Lakers||November 2, 1973|
|Points, half (2nd)||29||vs. Cincinnati Royals||January 1, 1972|
|Field goal percentage||18–22 (.818)||at Buffalo Braves||December 17, 1971|
|Field goals made||20||at Los Angeles Lakers||November 2, 1973|
|Field goal attempts||28||at Los Angeles Lakers||November 2, 1973|
|Free throws made||17||at Indiana Pacers||March 31, 1977|
|Free throw attempts||20||vs. Seattle SuperSonics||December 2, 1969|
|Free throw attempts||20||at Indiana Pacers||March 31, 1977|
|Steals||6||at Indiana Pacers||March 31, 1977|
|Points||38||vs. Capital Bullets||April 7, 1974|
|Points||38||at Boston Celtics||April 19, 1974|
|Field goal percentage|
|Field goals made||16||vs. Capital Bullets||April 7, 1974|
|Field goal attempts||31|
|Free throws made, none missed||12–12||vs. Los Angeles Lakers||May 8, 1970|
|Free throws made||12||vs. Los Angeles Lakers||May 8, 1970|
|Free throw attempts||15||at Boston Celtics||April 23, 1972|
|Rebounds||16||vs. Baltimore Bullets||April 2, 1970|
|Assists||19||vs. Los Angeles Lakers||May 8, 1970|
Frazier is also known for his iconic fashion sense and unique style. The website Clyde So Fly catalogs and grades every suit he wears while broadcasting New York Knicks games on the MSG Network.
He lives in Harlem with his long-term girlfriend, Patricia James, and they also have a home in St. Croix. He is the father of a son referred to both as Walt Jr. and, later, Walt III. Frazier is a member of the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha.
The 1967 NBA draft was the 21st annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 3 and 4, 1967 before the 1967–68 season. In this draft, 12 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. A player who had finished his four-year college eligibility was eligible for selection. If a player left college early, he would not be eligible for selection until his college class graduated. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each division, with the order determined by a coin flip. The Detroit Pistons won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Baltimore Bullets were awarded the second pick. The remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. Five teams that had the best records in previous season were not awarded second round draft picks. Two expansion franchises, the Seattle SuperSonics and the San Diego Rockets, took part in the NBA Draft for the first time and were assigned the sixth and seventh pick in the first round, along with the last two picks of each subsequent round. The draft consisted of 20 rounds comprising 162 players selected.1967 National Invitation Tournament
The 1967 National Invitation Tournament was a single-elimination postseason college basketball tournament. Fourteen National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA Division I teams participated in the tournament. Southern Illinois defeated Marquette 71–56 in the championship game.1967–68 New York Knicks season
The 1967–68 New York Knicks season was the 22nd season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks finished in second place in the Eastern Division with a 43–39 record, qualifying for the NBA Playoffs for the second consecutive season. New York lost its opening round series to the Philadelphia 76ers, four games to two. Willis Reed scored 20.6 points per game and had 13.2 rebounds per game, leading the Knicks in both categories; Frazier had a team-high 4.1 assists per game.Walt Frazier joined the Knicks' roster in time for the 1967–68 season, having been selected by the team in the first round of the 1967 NBA draft. Bill Bradley also made his Knicks debut in 1967. New York had an early season six-game losing streak and stood at 15–22 on December 27. The Knicks then replaced their head coach, hiring Red Holzman to fill the position. To begin 1968, they won six consecutive games and reached 33–33 by mid-February. With a 28–17 record in Holzman's 45 games as coach, the Knicks reached the playoffs. The Knicks and 76ers split the first four games of their playoff series, before Philadelphia won games five and six to end New York's season.1968–69 New York Knicks season
The 1968–69 New York Knicks season was the 23rd season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks finished third in the Eastern Division with a 54–28 regular season record, and qualified for the NBA Playoffs for the third straight year. In the first round of the playoffs, New York defeated the Baltimore Bullets in a four-game sweep to earn a berth in the Eastern Division Finals. The Knicks lost the division finals to the eventual NBA champion Boston Celtics in six games. Willis Reed scored a team-best 21.1 points per game for the Knicks; Walt Frazier led the team with 7.9 assists per game and Reed averaged 14.5 rebounds per game.The Knicks selected Bill Hosket, Jr. in the opening round of the 1968 NBA draft, and made a significant trade early in the season, acquiring Dave DeBusschere from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Walt Bellamy and Butch Komives. Author Harvey Araton called him "the player who would complete the championship puzzle in New York." After a 5–11 start to the season, New York went on a long winning streak, winning all but 2 of 19 games in one stretch that included 13 straight home wins. After a two-game losing streak, the Knicks won 11 consecutive games from January 25 to February 15 to bring their record to 44–21. The Knicks had two four-game winning streaks during the rest of the season, and ended with a 54–28 record. This mark placed them third in the Eastern Conference; only the Bullets and Philadelphia 76ers had superior records. New York saw an increase in attendance during the regular season; after having six sellouts in their entire history, the Knicks played to capacity crowds in 14 games at Madison Square Garden.New York faced the Bullets, who had won 57 games in the regular season and held the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, in their first playoff round. The Knicks won the first two games by over 10 points each, and a pair of closer victories in games three and four eliminated Baltimore. They held home court advantage for their series with the Celtics, but lost it with a 108–100 loss in the first game. After losing two of the next three games, New York won game five to force a sixth game. However, Boston's Sam Jones posted 29 points to help the Celtics to a 106–105 win that ended the Knicks' season.1969–70 NBA season
The 1969–70 NBA Season was the 24th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the New York Knicks winning the NBA Championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.
For this season, officials switched from wearing the traditional black-and-white striped shirts to solid gray shirts.1970–71 NBA season
The 1970–71 NBA season was the 25th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Milwaukee Bucks winning the NBA Championship, beating the Baltimore Bullets 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals. Three new teams made their debut: the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Buffalo Braves.1972–73 New York Knicks season
The 1972–73 New York Knicks season was the 27th season of NBA basketball in New York City. The Knicks capture their second NBA title as they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, four games to one, which was exactly the same count the Knicks lost to the Lakers a year earlier.1973–74 NBA season
The 1973–74 NBA season was the 28th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.1975 NBA All-Star Game
The 1975 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game that was played on January 14, 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It was the 25th edition of the event. The East won the game 108-102. The MVP of the game was Walt Frazier, who scored 30 points.
Coaches: East: K.C. Jones, West: Al Attles.1976–77 New York Knicks season
The 1976–77 New York Knicks season was the 31st season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks finished in third place in the Atlantic Division, and failed to qualify for the 1977 NBA Playoffs. Bob McAdoo, a mid-season trade acquisition, led the Knicks in points per game (26.7) and rebounds per game (12.7), while Walt Frazier had a team-high 5.3 assists per game.In the 1976 NBA draft, New York did not have a first-round pick, having been stripped of it in 1975 after attempting to sign American Basketball Association player George McGinnis, whose NBA rights were held by the Philadelphia 76ers. With their first selection, the Knicks chose Lonnie Shelton in the second round with the 25th overall pick. On November 30, 1976, the Knicks played their first game against the New York Nets in the regular season, losing 104–103. In December, the Knicks traded with the Buffalo Braves for McAdoo and Tom McMillen, sending John Gianelli and $3 million. McAdoo started in the 1977 NBA All-Star Game, and Earl Monroe was selected as a reserve. Coach Red Holzman stepped down at the end of the 1977 season, Willis Reed was named his replacement, and Holzman accepted a role as consultant. Bill Bradley also retired after the season and started a career in politics.All-NBA Team
The All-NBA Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. The voting is conducted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The team has been selected in every season of the league's existence, dating back to its inaugural season in 1946. The All-NBA Team originally had two teams, but since 1988 it is typically composed of three five-man lineups—a first, second, and third team.
Players receive five points for a first team vote, three points for a second team vote, and one point for a third team vote. The five players with the highest point totals make the first team, with the next five making the second team and so forth. In the case of a tie at the fifth position of any team, the roster is expanded. If the first team consists of six players due to a tie, the second team will still consist of five players with the potential for more expansion in the event of additional ties. A tie has occurred only once, in 1952, when Bob Davies and Dolph Schayes tied in votes received. From 1946 to 1955, players were selected without regard to position; however, since 1956, each team has consisted of two guards, two forwards, and one center.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and LeBron James hold the record for the most total selections with fifteen. Karl Malone and Shaquille O'Neal follow with fourteen total honors, while Schayes, Bob Cousy, Jerry West, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dirk Nowitzki have twelve selections. James has the most All-NBA first team honors with twelve, while Malone and Bryant are tied for second-most with eleven.David T. Howard High School
David T. Howard High School was a school for African Americans in Atlanta, Georgia. It has many prominent alumni. In 2018 the school was being renovated for a planned 2020 reopening as a middle school. Alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Maynard Jackson who became Atlanta's first Black mayor, Walt Frazier who played basketball at the school, Lonnie King, Vernon Jordan, Clarence Cooper (judge), and gold medal winning Olympian Mildred McDaniel Singleton. It is located at 551 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.
The school opened in 1923 as an Elementary School. It became a high school in 1948. It closed in 1976.
The school was named for David T. Howard, a former slave who owned Atlanta's largest black-owned undertaking business. He was a noted philanthropist, particularly focused on educating children. He donated thousands of dollars to poor children to be educated, to Tuskeegee University, and donated the 7.5 acre campus for the elementary school which was named after him.Martin Luther King Jr. attended the school from 1936 until 1940. The building is brick.Frazier
Frazier is a Scottish surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Adam Frazier (born 1991), American baseball player
Alexander Fuld Frazier (born 1986), American autistic rights advocate and author, Director of Autistic Reality
Brenda Frazier (1921-1982), American “celebutante” socialite during the Depression era
Charles Frazier (born 1950), American historical novelist
Clint Frazier (born 1994), American baseball player
E. Franklin Frazier (1894-1962), American sociologist
James B. Frazier (1856-1937), U.S Senator from Tennessee, 1905-1911
Jeff Frazier (born 1982), American baseball player
Jim Frazier (born 1940), Australian inventor, naturalist, and cinematographer
Joe Frazier (1944–2011), American heavyweight boxing champion
Joshua Frazier (born 1995), American football player
Kavon Frazier (born 1994), American football player
Kendrick Frazier (born 1942), American science writer; magazine editor
Kenneth Frazier, (born 1954), American business executive; president and CEO of pharmaceutical maker Merck & Co.
Kevin Frazier, (born 1964), American television host and actor
LaGaylia Frazier, (born 1961), American-born, Swedish singer
Lynn Frazier, (1874-1947), U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1923-1941
Marvis Frazier (born 1960), American heavyweight boxer; son of Joe Frazier
Michael Frazier II (born 1994), American basketball player
Nelson Frazier, Jr. (1971–2014), American professional wrestler best known as Viscera
Owsley Brown Frazier (1935–2012), American businessman and philanthropist
Sam Frazier, Jr. (born 1944), American lyricist and blues singer
Sheila Frazier (born 1948), American television and film actress
Todd Frazier (born 1986), American baseball player
Tommie Frazier (born 1974), American football player and coach
Tim Frazier (born 1990), American basketball player
Walt Frazier (born 1945), American basketball player and sportscaster
Willie Frazier (1942–2013), American football playerList of National Basketball Association career playoff assists leaders
This article provides two lists:
A list of National Basketball Association players by total career playoff assists recorded.
A progressive list of assist leaders showing how the record increased through the years.NBA All-Defensive Team
The NBA All-Defensive Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) honor given since the 1968–69 NBA season to the best defensive players during the regular season. The All-Defensive Team is generally composed of ten players in two five-man lineups, a first and a second team. Voting is conducted by a panel of 123 writers and broadcasters. Prior to the 2013–14 NBA season, voting was performed by the NBA head coaches, who were restricted from voting for players on their own team. The players each receive two points for each first team vote and one point for each second team vote. The top five players with the highest point total make the first team, with the next five making the second team. In the case of a tie at the fifth position of either team, the roster is expanded. If the first team consists of six players due to a tie, the second team will still consist of five players with the potential for more expansion in the event of additional ties. Ties have occurred several times, most recently in 2013 when Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah tied in votes received.
Tim Duncan holds the record for the most total selections to the All-Defensive Team with 15. Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant follow with 12 total honors each, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has 11 total selections. Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, Garnett and Bryant share the record for most NBA All-Defensive first team selections with nine. Scottie Pippen, Bobby Jones, and Duncan made the first team eight times each. Walt Frazier, Dennis Rodman and Chris Paul made the All-Defensive first team seven times.When the coaches were responsible for voting, there were occasionally inconsistencies between the All-Defensive Team and the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, which has been voted on by the media. On four occasions, the Defensive Player of the Year winner was not voted to the All-Defensive first team in the same year. Player of the Year winners Alvin Robertson (1986), Dikembe Mutombo (1995), Tyson Chandler (2012), Marc Gasol (2013) were instead named to the second team.New York Knicks
The New York Knickerbockers, more commonly referred to as the Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden, an arena they share with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the Brooklyn Nets. Alongside the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of two original NBA teams still located in its original city.
The team, established by Ned Irish in 1946, was one of the founding members of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which became the NBA after merging with the rival National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949. The Knicks were successful during their early years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchise's first head coach Joe Lapchick. Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts. Lapchick resigned in 1956 and the team subsequently began to falter.
It was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became head coach that the Knicks began to regain their former dominance. Holzman successfully guided the Knicks to two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973. The Knicks of the 1980s had mixed success that included six playoff appearances; however, they failed to participate in the NBA Finals.
The playoff-level Knicks of the 1990s were led by future Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing; this era was marked by passionate rivalries with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat. During this time, they were known for playing tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy, making two appearances in the NBA Finals, in 1994 and 1999. However, they were unable to win an NBA championship during this era.
Since 2000, the Knicks have struggled to regain their former glory, but won its first division title in 19 years in 2012–13, led by a core of forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. They were eventually eliminated in the Eastern Conference semi-finals by the Indiana Pacers, and have failed to make the playoffs since.Puma Clyde
Puma Clyde is a basketball shoe manufactured by athletic goods company Puma. It was made famous by its endorsement of Walt Frazier. Originally released in 1970/71, the shoe is significant within the old school hip hop and skate punk subcultures.Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray?
Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray? is an American documentary produced in 2000 by NBA Entertainment about the rise and fall of All-Star point guard Micheal Ray Richardson. The film was written by Larry Weitzman and co-directed by Weltzman and Jim Podhoretz. The film is narrated by Chris Rock.
Rock, a native New Yorker, is entranced by the arrival of Micheal Ray Richardson on the New York sports scene. Richardson was a relatively unknown collegiate basketball player from the University of Montana—nicknamed "Sugar"—who had been drafted by the New York Knicks with the 4th overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft. According to the film documentary and first coach Willis Reed, Richardson could be compared favorably to Knick legend and man-about-town Walt Frazier ("Clyde"). In his rookie year, Richardson performed better off the court than on, but in his second year, blossomed into an All-Star, leading the NBA in both assists and steals and bearing a strong resemblance not only to Clyde, but to Earvin "Magic" Johnson, another tall and versatile point guard. Johnson tells us clearly how difficult it was to play against Richardson. Isiah Thomas, another contemporary superstar point guard, in the same vein says simply, "He was Sugar Ray, man. He was sweet."
Richardson was again an All-Star in his third year, 1980–81, but a poor performance by the Knicks in the playoffs that year led the team to trade Richardson's two closest friends on the team, Ray Williams and Mike Glenn, which in turn, according to the film, helped change the eager-to-please Richardson from a drug user to a drug abuser. Richardson found professional rejection difficult to accept; a particularly poignant anecdote comes from his first coach at Montana, Jud Heathcote. When Heathcote accepted the head coaching job at Michigan State, Richardson came to him in tears of disbelief asking whether the rumors of the coach's departure were true. Heathcote attempted to disabuse Richardson of the notion that he was like a father to the player. Richardson responded by telling Heathcote, "Coach, you have to remember, I don't have a father."
The Knicks and Richardson regressed together in 1981–82, and the Knicks traded Richardson to the Golden State Warriors at the beginning of the 1982–83 season.