The year of 2021 has not been exceptionally well to professional athletes. For whatever reason, it seems like we have seen more athletes die in 2021 than ever before. Every week it seems like we are reporting on the loss of an athlete, whether it bein the NFL, NHL, NBA or MLB.
Unfortunately, sad news comes out of both the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers organizations. It was announced that on August 24th that former player of both teams, Jerry Harkness had passed away. Harkness started his basketball career at Loyola University Chicago where he was a first-team All- American and served as the captain of the team in his senior year when Loyola won the national championship. He was then picked up by the Knicks in the 2nd round of the 1963 NBA Draft and played one season there. He then proceeded to play the following two seasons with the Indiana Pacers in the ABA.
Although his professional basketball career was short-lived, Harkness is remembered for his long time record holding 88 foot long shot that was a buzzer beater while playing with the Pacers in a win over the Dallas Chaparrals. The record lived on from 1967 until 2001 when Baron Davis hit a shot from 89 feet.
In other New York Knicks news, former player Patrick Ewing recently conducted an interview with Dan Patrick. One of the things was discussed was why Michael could not “handle” Patrick on the court. It’s a great two minute clip, so be sure to give it a watch!