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    Coked up Knicks in the 80's might have fixed games.

    Coked-up Knicks players fixed games as a favor to their drug dealer — who bet big bucks against the anemic New York squad, FBI informants claimed during the 1981-82 season.

    The feds probed whether three Knicks, reportedly “heavy users of cocaine,” and their supplier, “one of the largest dealers on the East Coast,” shaved points, according to FBI documents cited in Brian Tuohy’s book, “Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI.”

    The dealer was a degenerate gambler who usually bet $300 a game, informants told investigators, but in January 1982 he began laying $10,000 wagers on Knicks’ opponents — and winning them.

    By March 25, the coke dealer had won six of his seven five-figure bets against the Knicks — while continuing to make his normal $300 wagers on other NBA games.

    “Over . . . the last two months, all three [players] have given . . . tips on when to bet the Knicks to lose. This has occurred seven times and six of the tips were good,” according to FBI files citing two unnamed “sources.”

    At the same time, FBI moles began to suspect the Knick trio were “betting against themselves.”

    In November, an informant told the feds one of the schemers owed a “large . . . gambling debt” to a Luchese crime-family bookie.

    “So many people say it’s impossible to fix a game because guys are paid so much money,” Tuohy told The Post. “But you can see how easily they can get hooked on some drug, be gambling themselves and get in deep with a bookie.”

    A point-shaving hoopster could tank his performance to make the final score closer than it should be, helping those who bet the underdog. Or, a crooked player could make mistakes to inflate the margin of defeat, aiding a favorite-bettor.

    Initially, an FBI source didn’t believe players were shaving points, but merely “extending a courtesy to their cocaine dealer, regarding inside player information,” the documents read.

    But that opinion changed by late March as the dealer’s windfall grew. “Source now believes that the players are actively engaging in ‘shaving points’ and possibly even betting against themselves,” the feds state.

    “Source observed heavy betting by [redacted] toward the latter part of the season . . . on the Knicks to lose certain games. In each case, the Knicks did lose, or failed to cover the point spread,” the FBI file reads.

    The names of the players and the dealer are redacted in the FBI documents, which The Post authenticated with the federal agency.

    The Knicks were owned at the time by Gulf+Western, and led by guard Micheal Ray Richardson, who averaged almost 18 points per game despite a rumored cocaine addiction.

    Richardson famously said, “The ship be sinking,” as the team fell to 33-49, finishing last in the Atlantic Division. He was banned for life from the NBA in 1986 for violating the NBA’s drug policy three times.

    “Hell no!” Richardson, 58 and living in Texas, told The Post when asked about the point-shaving allegations. “We never did anything like that.”

    The Knicks declined comment.

    The team was coached by the late Red Holzman.

    Alex Bradley, a rookie on the squad, said players phoned it in — but not to bookies.

    “At times the coach was a little lax, and he didn’t put enough pressure on those guys [to play harder],” said Bradley, now a security guard in Wilmington, Del. “At certain times, when we needed to turn it up, it just wasn’t there.”

    The feds’ probe stretched into 1986, and widened to the coke dealer conspiring with “various professional basketball teams to shave points.”

    But without any physical evidence — and no confessions — the Knicks case crumpled. An FBI spokeswoman said the case was closed, without any arrests, in 1986.

    Around the same time as the Knicks probe, the FBI and the NBA, along with other sports leagues, began the Sports Presentation Program, sending agents to teams to discuss the dangers of sports gambling and bribery.

    http://nypost.com/2013/09/14/knicks-...rs-in-80s-fbi/

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    Info in a sports gambling memoir.. no admissions, arrests or physical evidence.

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    Who was on that roster??

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    Michael Ray Richardson what a waste

    Used to watch him play in the cba after he got banned in the NBA

    Unrael

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    young team

    30 Alex Bradley SF 6-6 215 October 30, 1959 R Villanova University
    35 Reggie Carter SG 6-3 175 October 10, 1957 1 St. John's University
    25 Bill Cartwright C 7-1 245 July 30, 1957 2 University of San Francisco
    45 Hollis Copeland SF 6-6 180 December 20, 1955 1 Rutgers University
    42 Larry Demic PF 6-9 225 June 27, 1957 2 University of Arizona
    43 Toby Knight SF 6-9 210 May 3, 1955 3 University of Notre Dame
    23 Maurice Lucas PF 6-9 215 February 18, 1952 7 Marquette University
    14 Mike Newlin SG 6-4 200 January 2, 1949 10 University of Utah
    20 Micheal Ray Richardson PG 6-5 189 April 11, 1955 3 University of Montana
    21 Campy Russell SF 6-8 215 January 12, 1952 7 University of Michigan
    31 DeWayne Scales PF 6-8 208 December 28, 1958 1 Louisiana State University
    9 Randy Smith SG 6-3 180 December 12, 1948 10 State University of New York College at Buffalo
    40 Marvin Webster C 7-1 225 April 13, 1952 6 Morgan State University
    44 Paul Westphal SG 6-4 195 November 30, 1950 9 University of Southern California
    33 Sly Williams SF 6-7 210 January 26, 1958 2 University of Rhode Island

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    Good Read,

    Thanks

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    could it have been Bill Cartwright too?

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    I wasn't born until '85 but never heard of anyone on that roster besides Bill Cartwright...

    Gotta get my '80's Knicks knowledge up

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    Michael Ray was a great talent

    I think he still coaches in some league

    real tough guy too

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    Didn't Maurice Lucas die of heart problems?

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    Coke was huge late 70's and 80's

    I think story 100% true

    No idea about Lucus

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    jj , do you still do a little blow ?

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    Sammy sometimes

    It's not addicting

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    'Sugar Ray" he knew how to "drive and dish"

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    anyone remember when Earl Monroe threw the ball in the wrong basket at the buzzer 108-104 knicks -6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louisvillekid1 View Post
    I wasn't born until '85 but never heard of anyone on that roster besides Bill Cartwright...

    Gotta get my '80's Knicks knowledge up
    Westphal was a head coach in the NBA through the 90s & with Sacramento as recently as last year

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