NBA Rumor: Joe Ruklick Death

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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.
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