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Former New York Knicks guard Dean “The Dream” Meminger found dead in hotel

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Rough news to report out of Harlem this morning as former New York Knicks guard and playground legend Dean ‘The Dream’ Meminger was found dead of a possible drug overdose.

Meminger, who elevated his playground game into an eventual NBA game was a key reserve on the Knicks 1973 title team but later fell into a world of drugs and harsh living.

According to the New York Daily News, police found the former guard dead on Friday while staying at the Hamilton Heights Casablanca Hotel in Harlem:

They found the former point guard lying on top of a red-and-white paisley bedspread, said the manager, who declined to give her name. Shocked staff found traces of blood on the man they called “friendly,” who the manager said stayed there at least once a month.

“He never gave us any problems,” she said. “He always seemed sober. It’s a sad way to go.”

Meminger’s family, which includes son and NY1 reporter Dean Meminger Jr., expressed grief at the death of the man who was plagued by drugs for years.

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