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.
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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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