Harthorne Wingo, a former Knicks forward and cult hero, has passed away at age 73, according to sources. Wingo, a North Carolina native, played four seasons with the 1970s Knicks before going overseas. Wingo was a bit player on the 1972-73 championship team playing in 13 games, averaging four minutes.
Later on, the undrafted 6-foot-6 forward became a fan favorite and was immortalized in the Beastie Boys song “Lay It On Me” with the lyric: “My favorite New York Knick was Harthorne Wingo.” “Just when he went to the scorer’s table and crouched down, the crowd would go wild,” Albert told The Post. “He was a terrific guy, the most popular among the players and the crowd latched onto it. They knew he played hard, had an unusual jump shot and he had that smile. The players got a kick out of it. Very lovable.”
Peter Vecsey: A source informs me Harthorne Wingo has died. Cause & circumstances unknown. Friends of the former Knick (‘72-76) have been searching for him since Wednesday evening. Wingo was the lead & lengthy subject of last Tuesday’s column for the NBA Retired Player’s Assn
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NBA Central: “I don’t think it’s any secret in the league Victor Oladipo has a desire to play in Miami. He’d like to go there in free agency. They’re going to have cap space, so that may happen.” – Brian Windhorst pic.twitter.com/QrATjw5hQl
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Still, league insiders don’t believe the Celtics can stand pat, and potentially waste a year of the primes of their two young building blocks who are playing at an elite level. “There comes a time where you have to do something to keep your stars placated and show that you’re trying, especially when they’re young and early in their primes,” the East executive said. “You have to make that commitment to them.”
That’s something Ainge has been reluctant to do in the past. The last time Boston acquired a player in an in-season trade was six years ago, when the team landed Isaiah Thomas from Phoenix. Only the San Antonio Spurs have a longer drought. “They’ll only do something,” the West executive said, “if they think they’re going to bury you.”