The Info List - Herb Williams

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Herbert L. Williams (born February 16, 1958) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for eighteen seasons from 1981 to 1999. Williams served as the interim head coach and the assistant coach of the NBA's New York Knicks. He is currently an assistant coach for the New York Liberty of the WNBA.


1 College career 2 Professional career 3 Head coaching record 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

College career[edit] Williams was a four-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes, scoring 2,011 points (then a team record) and pulling down 1,111 rebounds (still second in team history only to Jerry Lucas).[1] Williams is the school leader in career field goals made, with 834 in 114 games. He is second all-time in career blocked shots with 328. Williams was named to the All-Big Ten team as a junior, when Ohio State finished the year with a 21-8 record and advanced to the NCAA regionals. He led the Buckeyes in scoring that year with an average of 17.6 points per game. Williams was a team co-captain in both his junior and senior years. Professional career[edit] Williams was a first-round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers in 1981, where he played from 1982 to 1989 and had his most productive years. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks midway through the 1988–1989 season on February 22 in exchange for forward Detlef Schrempf.[2] In 1992, he was signed by the New York Knicks, where he spent seven years backing up perennial All-Star Patrick Ewing. Williams played one game (31 minutes) for the Toronto Raptors in 1996 before being waived and quickly returned to the Knicks. The team made the 1994 and 1999 NBA Finals, with Williams serving as a team leader. After the 1999 Finals, Williams retired at the age of forty-one after six regular season games and eight playoff games in 1999. Four years later, he returned to the Knicks as an assistant coach. He worked under head coaches Don Chaney and Lenny Wilkens. When Wilkens resigned in 2005, Williams took over as head coach. On July 26, 2005, Larry Brown was hired as the head coach of the Knicks, thus ending Williams's head coaching tenure. Williams was the acting head coach of the Knicks for the final two games of the 2005–2006 season, when illness kept Larry Brown away from the bench for the final two games of his Knicks career. After that season, Brown was fired by the Knicks and replaced as head coach by Isiah Thomas. Williams worked as an assistant coach under Thomas and Mike D'Antoni, and continued to be in the coaching staff under Mike Woodson until Phil Jackson fired the entire staff in 2014. He has coached for the Knicks' NBA Summer League team. On March 26, 2015, Williams was hired as the assistant coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty.[3] Head coaching record[edit]


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %

Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result

New York 2003–04 1 1 0 1.000 (interim) — — — — —

New York 2004–05 43 16 27 .372 5th in Atlantic — — — — Missed Playoffs


44 17 27 .386

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See also[edit]

List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds


^ "Herb Williams biography". NBA. Archived from the original on February 11, 2001.  ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/35534/MAVERICKS-TRADE-SCHREMPF-TO-PACERS.html?pg=all ^ New York Liberty Announce Additions to Basketball Staff Archived 2015-03-28 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

BasketballReference.com: Herb Williams (as coach) BasketballReference.com: Herb Williams (as player) NBA.com coach file: Herb Williams NBA player biography of Herb Williams at the Wayback Machine (archived February 11, 2001)

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New York Liberty current roster

1 Zellous 4 Raincock-Ekunwe 7 Vaughn 8 Hartley 9 Allen 10 Prince 14 Rodgers 15 Boyd 17 Zahui B. 21 Burdick 31 Charles 41 Stokes

Head Coach K. Smith Assistant Coach H. Williams


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New York Knicks head coaches

Neil Cohalan (1946–1947) Joe Lapchick (1947–1956) Vince Boryla (1956–1958) Andrew Levane (1958–1959) Carl Braun (1959–1961) Eddie Donovan (1961–1965) Harry Gallatin (1965) Dick McGuire (1965–1967) Red Holzman (1967–1977) Willis Reed (1977–1978) Red Holzman (1978–1982) Hubie Brown (1982–1986) Bob Hill (1986–1987) Rick Pitino (1987–1989) Stu Jackson (1989–1990) John MacLeod (1990–1991) Pat Riley (1991–1995) Don Nelson (1995–1996) Jeff Van Gundy (1996–2001) Don Chaney (2001–2004) Herb Williams # (2004) Lenny Wilkens (2004–2005) Herb Williams # (2005) Larry Brown (2005–2006) Isiah Thomas (2006–2008) Mike D'Antoni (2008–2012) Mike Woodson (2012–2014) Derek Fisher (2014–2016) Kurt Rambis # (2016) Jeff Hornacek (2016– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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1981 NBA Draft

First round

Mark Aguirre Isiah Thomas Buck Williams Al Wood Danny Vranes Orlando Woolridge Steve Johnson Tom Chambers Rolando Blackman Albert King Frank Johnson Kelly Tripucka Danny Schayes Herb Williams Jeff Lamp Darnell Valentine Kevin Loder Ray Tolbert Mike McGee Larry Nance Alton Lister Franklin Edwards Charles Bradley

Second round

Jay Vincent Tracy Jackson Brian Jackson Howard Wood Gene Banks Eddie Johnson Ed Rains Danny Ainge Mike Olliver Sam Williams Ken Green Charles Davis Ray Blume Al Leslie Clyde Bradshaw Harvey Knuckles Greg Cook Claude Gregory Elvis Rolle Elston Turner Steve Lingenfelter Ed T