Joe Ruklick — a 6-foot-10 All-American center from No…

More on Joe Ruklick Death

In the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ March 2 matchup against the New York Knicks in 1962, Warriors coach Frank McGuire put Ruklick in the game. With under a minute left, Chamberlain had 98 points. Ruklick got the ball as a few Knicks guarded Chamberlain, and once Chamberlain got open, Ruklick threw him the ball for the history-making basket. Chamberlain said at the time that he asked McGuire to put Ruklick in the game because he thought some of his White teammates may not want him, a Black man, to reach the success of 100 points, the Northwestern Magazine wrote.
Storyline: Joe Ruklick Death
More HoopsHype Rumors
January 26, 2021 | 8:02 pm EST Update