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Red Holzman – best of the best
 
William "Red" Holzman was born in Brooklyn, New York, to the family of Jewish immigrants from Romania (on his mother's side) and the Russian empire (on his father's side). 
 
Holzman's basketball career started from playing for Franklin K. Lane High School in the mid-1930s, then for his college, then for the university, and then for his army unit at Norfolk, Virginia Naval Base.
 
After joining the NBL Rochester Royals in 1945, his career skyrocketed: he became Rookie of the Year in the same year, and the following two years he was elected to the NBL's All League team.
 
Holzman stayed with the team through their move to the NBA and subsequent NBA championship in 1951. 
 
In 1953, Holzman started his coaching career with Milwaukee Hawks, and the start was disastrous:  he led the team to 19 losses during their first 33 games, and was fired...
 
Next came New York Knicks, where he first worked as a talent scout, and later as the head coach. During his 15-year span as Knicks' coach, Holzman won a total of 613 games, including two NBA championships in 1970 and 1973, and a record-breaking 18-game win streak. 
 
He also became one of very few individuals to have won an NBA championship as both player and coach and was voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
 
He lived with his wife in a home they bought in Cedarhurst, New York in the 1950s. In the 80s he was diagnosed with leukemia and died  in 1998, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York.
 
Sources:
Top 10 Coaches in NBA History". NBA.com
"Red Holzman, Hall of Fame Coach, Dies at 78". The New York Times

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