Discussion

Benjamin Schectman dies at 94

Updated: July 31, 2013, 9:20 AM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

Benjamin "Ossie" Schectman, the man who scored the first basket in NBA history, for the New York Knicks, has died, the team announced.

Schectman was 94.

He played for the Knicks in 1946-47, averaging 8.1 points and two assists per game, though he is widely known for his layup on Nov. 1, 1946, against the Toronto Huskies.

Schectman, a 6-foot guard, scored the opening basket of the Huskies' game against the Knicks, which was the first in NBA history.

In a 2003 interview ...

Read full story

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.


EDITORS' PICKS

  • Decker's In
    Eric Decker, who aggravated a hamstring injury, is active for Monday Night Football.
  • Tanaka, Take 2
    Am upbeat Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to start Saturday's game in Boston.
  • Sudden Comfort
    Eli Manning is beginning to get cozy -- and thrive -- in the Giants' new offense.
  • Extension In The Works
    The Mets are negotiating a new multiyear extension for Sandy Alderson.
  • Better Off Without Jeter?
    Joe Girardi has sacrificed the Yanks' playoff chances to the Jeter farewell tour.

MORE NBA HEADLINES