"You could put all the technical basketball that Joe Lapchick knew on the back of a postcard but it would take encyclopedias to contain all the knowledge that he had of basketball," said Bob Knight.
Lou Roethel, a former player of Lapchick's, said on Thursday, "The thing that Joe preached was class." Al McGuire also played for Lapchick with the Knicks and he used to say of his coach, 'Lapchick didn't know basketball. He felt it.'
"Lapchick never yelled at us," Alfieri said the other day. "He always made sense. He wasn't a windbag." Gus Alfieri continued, "He got us to play hard without screaming as so many of these coaches today do. How the hell did he do that? Lapchick used to say this to us a lot:" 'I want you guys to be five coaches on the floor. I want you to be out there, in a sense, coaching yourselves.'
Of all my memories of people who have helped me," Bob Knight coach of Texas Tech and the three-time NCAA basketball champion insisted, "none are greater than those of Mr. Lapchick."
"He was even better as a father than as a coach," his son Richard Lapchick said the other day, adding that his own extensive personal activism stemmed from his father's influence on him.
Lapchick was well respected for his motivational coaching style that focused less on mechanics than on eliciting peak performances from his players. Stressing a freewheeling offensive approach and smooth ball handling, Lapchick built winners at both the college and pro levels. As a player, Lapchick had sharp passing and shooting skills that made him one of the first great pro centers and helped his teams win several championships.
Barbara Lapcek (Czech spelling), Lapchick's only daughter, has "...vivid memories of the dignified man who lingered to sign autographs for kids in the old Garden." She also described her father in terms of "gravitas" and "humanism" and said the famous coach was not an "authoritarian" in his home with his wife and three children.
COLLEGE COACHING YEARS AT ST. JOHN'S
After ending his professional playing career in 1937, Lapchick became head coach at St. John's University, a position he held until 1947, then was the New York Knicks Head Coach from 1947 to 1956, and finished coaching back at St. John's from 1956 to 1965 - succeeded by Lou Carnesecca the following season. Overwhelmed by stress, Lapchick fainted during the second half of the 1944 final game. Lapchick wasn't just his players' basketball coach; he monitored their academic performance as well. In 11 seasons he steered the Redmen to a 180-55 record and two consecutive National Invitation Tournament (NIT) titles, both in 1943 and 1944.
Lapchick rested for only a month [after coaching the Knicks] before returning to St. John's to coach men's basketball for another decade until his mandatory retirement at age 65 at the end of the 1964-65 basketball season. He had several heart attacks that year. The season ended with the outclassed Redmen upsetting Villanova, 55-51, in an emotional NIT Championship Game. In his memory, St. John's created an annual preseason college basketball tournament entitled the Lapchick Memorial Tournament. In nine more seasons as head coach he led the Redmen to two more NIT crowns, giving them a record of four championship titles during his 20 seasons at St. John's.
Best known for his obsessive worrying and nervousness; Lapchick lived every second of every game as though it were the last tick of the clock. Stress-related problems ended his professional coaching career and caused an occasional on-court fainting spell and even a few heart attacks. Describing his failing health during his final season at St. John's, Lapchick told the Washington, D.C. based Evening Star: "I used to double up with chest pains. Sometimes I couldn't even talk to the team during halftime."
Joe Lapchick's last major win as a coach was his dynamic victory over Villanova in March of 1965, which resulted in Coach Lapchick's fourth and final National Invitation Tournament. This particular game has recently been selected as one of the fifty most memorable moments in the history of Madison Square Garden by MSG Cablevision.
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In 1947, Joe Lapchick passed up a then-astronomical offer of $12,000 per year to continue coaching basketball for St. John's. Opting instead to accept a job as coach of the New York Knickerbockers, part of the fledgling Basketball Association of America, which was only in its second year of operation at that point. Lapchick went on to lead the Knicks to eight straight winning seasons and eight trips to the playoffs, including three NBA Finals in a row from 1951 to 1953 with the Knicks. As it turned out, the 1953-54 Knicks were more than just a team of talented players; remarkably eight of them went on to coach pro or college basketball teams, a tribute to Lapchick's leadership and influence as a mentor.
LETTER OF RECOGNITION FOR THE BASKETBALL TROPHY AWARD
[November 21, 2008] On behalf of the Joe Lapchick Character Award Committee, I want to express our appreciation to you and Dreamcatcher Global for all your efforts and work on the actual [trophy] awards and delivery of them. At the luncheon this week the [trophy] awards stood out and attendee after attendee remarked at the beauty of them. We cannot thank you enough for taking a concept and idea combined with a few pictures and creating such a striking [trophy] award.
The [trophy] awards were presented at a luncheon at Madison Square Garden to Coaches Dean Smith, Lou Carnesecca, and Pat Summitt. They were then presented that evening on theMadison Square Garden floor at halftime of the first game of The Coaches vs. Cancer Kick Off Classic. It was shown later on ESPN and I can tell you the [trophy] awards looked terrific. The fourth [trophy] award is headed to Springfield and the Basketball Hall of Fame.
We look forward to a long and continued relationship with you and Dreamcatcher Global. Thank you for your guidance, patience, and dedication to getting this done. Best Wishes Always, Dan Sacco, President Lapchick Committee.
SUMMARY OF JOE LAPCHICK'S CAREER IN BASKETBALL
- Self-taught coach - Basketball's most prominent elder statesmen - A man who helped shepherd the game of basketball from the 1920's into the 1960's - The first "big man" in basketball who earned more than $10,000 - The first coach of the New York Knicks - Integrated professional black players (including Sweetwater Clifton, the first black member of the Knicks, who played for Lapchick) - Two-time college Coach of the Year - Remembered for the mentoring he provided for such coaches as Bob Knight, Lou Carnesecca, and Johnny Bach - Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1966, twice. - Coach of four National Championship teams at St. John's University
LIFE AFTER BASKETBALL
After his forced retirement Lapchick turned to writing. In 1968 he authored "50 Years of Basketball", a book that was both a compilation of stories from Lapchick's early days as a player and an explanation of his coaching philosophy. From star player to successful coach to popular author, Joe Lapchick was an eminently influential figure who helped nurture the sport from its crude beginnings into its popular modern form.
Joe Lapchick died on August 10, 1970 of a heart attack in Monticello, New York, at age 70. The grave of Joe Lapchick is located at the Oakland Cemetery in Yonkers, NY.
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When purchasing a baseball trophy keep in mind you are going to need to know the character for the trophy, the characters on the plaque, like the name or date. You are also going to need to know what material you are going to want for the trophy. Some materials that we offer for a baseball trophy or award are wood, bronze, gold, silver, marble, and others. Some custom work we have done for customers are engraved quotes or team names
Some awards that are able to be attained in a baseball game is most improved award, being the best award, character awards, and other awards.
Other awards are for people that are as equally as important as the players but arent found on the field. These include a coach award, best parent award, and sponser awards.
Stats awards are awarded to people who puts up the most outstanding stats throughout a season or tournament. For example, the MVP, most valuable player, award is awarded to the person who has influenced the team the most with scores, sportsmanship, character, and leadership.
Some most improved baseball awards that you can purchase are most improved pitcher award, most improved third baseman (as well as the other bases), most improved out fielders, and most improved batter. This also applies to the best person awards. Some examples are best pitcher award, best outfielder award, etc.
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When purchasing a surfing trophy, or award, keep in mind you will need to pick the font, name, date, character on top of the trophy, and the materials. The materials we are able to combine to create a surfing trophy, or award, are wood, marble, bronze, silver, gold, and others. Some characters that we have below are a man riding a beautifully carved blue wave with a man riding on top, and, we also have, a man hysterically being eaten by fish. Keep in mind when creating a surfing trophy we have other options that may not be listed here. Some engravings that we have done for awards and trophies are quotes and team names. The color on trophies can be finished in any color and also a gloss.
Awards that we carry are the best at award, most improved awards, and miscellaneous awards. Some miscellaneous awards that we carry are coach awards, best parent awards, sponsor awards, best sportsmanship award, and best character award. Some most improved awards that we can create are the most improved staying on a board, most improved (in general) award, most improved riding a wave, and anything that you can think of. "The Best Awards" can be anything from the best rookie surfer award, the best professional award, best junior surfer award, and the best performance award.
If you are interested in purchasing and customizing a color gaurd award or trophy you can call the office or fill out a form below for further information. When looking through our extensive list of awards and trophies keep in mind you will possibly need the name, date, character on the trophy and materials. The materials that can be composed with the color gaurd trophy or awards are marble, wood, bronze, silver, gold, and others. Characters on top of the trophy can be a woman or man that is twirling the flagged pole. We have also engraved quotes and team names on these awards. The awards that you can choose from are the most improved award, the best award, and other awards. Other awards can include great character award, best sportsmanship award, coach award, and anything you can think of. An MVP award can also be created for the person that has influenced the team the most during a competition.
Marble Classics had their in-house sculptor produce this 3-dimensional figurine of coach Joe Lapchick in a formal suite standing next to a young 10-year old male basketball player with a team uniform number provided by the client. The Lapchick Committee provided Marble Classics with a two-dimensional web graphic containing nothing but a black silhouette of their logo: coach Lapchick and a young player. Our artist then used multiple stock photographs of Joe Lapchick from his carrier as a basketball coach that clearly showed his facial expressions, likeness, attire and essence which was then artistically projected into an 18" tall set of figurines by our top sculptor Karoy.
STEP-BY-STEP SCULPTURE AWARD APPROVAL PROCESS
As the iconic basketball figurines were being sculpted in clay, and throughout this sculpting process, the Lapchick Committee was provided with pictures of the "work in progress" for review to see if any changes were necessary, to satisfy our client, before it was shipped. This allows clients' of Marble Classics to check the status of their projects and make additions to the sculpture while it is being made, something few companies are willing to do. Once the final art piece is approved a mold of the basketball trophy figurines was made and then it was used to reproduce castings of the finished trophy award statues which were then painted with "aged" faux bronze, just one of our thirty plus classic faux finishes available.
TROPHY AWARD HEADED FOR THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
After we presented the final pictures of the trophy awards for approval, our craftsmen then assembled the finished faux bronze basketball trophies, custom black acrylic base, and an uniquely engraved brass plaque attached to the front of each of the four Joe Lapchick character awards for 2008. Each individual trophy was then shipped to Madison Square Garden overnight to make it in time for the Joe Lapchick Character Award ceremony. The Joe Lapchick Character award trophies were received with great pride and honor by three legendary basketball coaches honored in the 2008 awards presentation - which had national media attention. Meanwhile, the fourth basketball award trophy is on its way to be installed in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
PAT SUMMIT, LAPCHICK CHARACTER AWARD WINNER
Pat Summitt, Lady Vols head basketball coach, Tennessee "It is an honor to have been selected as the first recipient of the Joe Lapchick Character Award. He was a legendary figure on both the collegiate and professional level of our game," said Summitt. "I am humbled to accept an award which bears his name." Accepting the Joe Lapchick award on her behalf were Tennessee women's AD Joan Cronan and the Washington Post's Sally Jenkins (author of books about Pat Summitt and Dean Smith). Cronan cited Summitt for not only winning eight national championships, but also for graduating every player who played four seasons for her.
Summitt had planned to attend but couldn't after her freshman-laden Volunteers lost at their home opener basketball game Monday to Virginia, something Tennessee women's AD Joan Cronan half-jokingly called "a crisis," and she felt she could not leave her team for a day. Smith is known for requiring her players to point at the teammate who made the good pass, whether or not the shot went in, which may or may not explain her two National Championships.
Summitt has a career record of 983-182 in 34 seasons at Tennessee, making her the winningest coach in college basketball history. Summitt is also known for making her Lady Vols players sit in the first three rows of class, which may have something to do with her eight national titles.
DEAN SMITH, LAPCHICK CHARACTER AWARD WINNER
Dean Smith, basketball coach at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, led North Carolina to 11 Final Fours and two National Championships in his 36 seasons there, compiling an 879-254 record. When he retired, he had the most wins in Division I history, a mark since eclipsed by Bob Knight. Ninety-six percent of the lettermen who played under coach Smith have graduated.
The Long Island native, former UNC star and current LA Lakers general manager (GM) Mitch Kupchak, in his tribute to Dean Smith recalled how some coaches promised recruits a starting role as a freshman, but that Smith promised he would look after Kupchak and make sure he got a degree, which was why he chose North Carolina, and prospered. "He told me basketball would take care of itself," Kupchak said. "All he promised was that he would look after me like a son and make sure I graduated."
Regarding the Lapchick Trophy, "This is a great award", Dean Smith said, "I never really think about awards, but this is something special," and finished by saying, "It's a great honor..."
LOU CARNESECCA, LAPCHICK CHARACTER AWARD WINNER
Lou Carnesecca, St. John's Coach and St. John's graduate, New York City native, assistant coach under Lapchick and winner of 526 games as St. John's coach in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Coach Carnesecca, a young 83 year old, was enthusiastically greeted with a chant of "Lou! Lou! Lou!" by the friendly crowd as he went up to the podium to accept the Joe Lapchick Character Award.
Lou recalled that Joe Lapchick was so respected around the country that at a 1964 tournament at West Virginia he received a standing ovation from more than 8,000 fans as he walked out to the team bench before the game. "When you walked with coach Lapchick, you really were in the presence of royalty," Carnesecca said.
He went on to praise Lapchick, for whom he was an assistant at St. John's from 1957 through 1965. He recounted how after a game one night in the late 1960's, early in his reign as coach, at Madison Square Garden, coaches would go to the watering hole on East 45th Street called Danny's Hideaway to unwind. Carnesecca was feeling pretty giddy that night, whereupon Joe Lapchick, his predecessor, his mentor, and his friend handed him a business card that said: "Peacock Today, Feather Duster Tomorrow." That taught him, as the old business card suggested, that basketball coaches should never take themselves too seriously.
As assistant basketball coach to Lapchick for nine years and succeeding him following the 1964-65 season, Carnesecca continued to coach at St. John's from 1965 to 1992 (not including a detour to the A.B.A. for 3 seasons in the early 1970's). For 24 seasons he coached basketball at his alma mater, each ending with a post-season appearance, including the 1985 Final Four. Carnesecca finished with a record of 526-200 at St. John's and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1992 and is still the University's leading ambassador in Spanish, Italian and New Yawkese.
"Carnesecca said, 'If you come here, I'll make sure you become a better man,'" Mel Davis recalled as the pitch that sealed his decision to go to St. John's. Coach Carnesecca said he learned important lessons about integration and blending varying personalities from Lapchick.
Lou Carnesecca finished his acceptance speech by theatrically pulling out his wallet and removing the same tattered piece of paper (almost 50 years later) with a message that he attributed to Joe Lapchick, "Peacock Today, Feather Duster Tomorrow." Carnesecca pondered what words of wisdom Lapchick might impart today, and he said, "If he was here today, he would say to the young players, 'Don't take the ball out of bounds because you'll never get it back.' "
Basketball, a sport where a ball is handled by two teams consisting of five players each charge a basket to place the ball within it, and everytime this is tried to be accomplished the opposing team does everything in their power to make you fail. Every year a basketball team battles with all their strength and wit for a trophy and award. The most prestige award to get in any basketball league or tournament is the MVP, most valuable player, award. Trophies and awards are praised, not just for the coloration and appearance, but for the feeling of accomplishment and success of the challenge that was faced by all the teams. The importance of a trophy and award varies depending on ones individual desires. A basketball trophy consists of the date of the accomplishment, the name of the team that has accomplished these astonishing feats, and an image that is placed on top of a plaque that signifies the sport. If you are interested in purchasing and customizing a basketball trophy you can call the office or fill out a form below for further information.
The most prestige basketball award that is attainable is the MVP, most valuable player, award. This basketball award signifies the most influential player on the team. This is significant because they say the basketball team would not have won the finals without this most valuable player. The most valuable player shows great shooting skills, assists, dribbling, blocks, steals, and team captaining. You can understand how challenging this position can be. The fundamentals of basketball and the importance of an MVP award is something our company understands and that is why we take pride in creating a unique MVP basketball award.
In this paragraph i will explain the different types of basketball awards that can be given. An assist basketball award is awarded to the player that helps another one of his players to score a point. Best sportsmanship basketball award is awarded to a person who shows fairness in the game, which sometimes even if it means costing them the game. The best defensive player basketball award is a person who applies so much coverage that the opposing team cannot move to set plays, and let alone score. A coach’s basketball award is awarded to the coach that led their team to win in a league or tournament. Most points scored basketball award is awarded to the person who scored the most in a season or tournament. A rebound king or rebound queen award goes to the person that has gotten the most rebounds in a basketball tournament or game. Most steals basketball award is awarded to a player who steals the ball the most in a season or tournament from the opposing team. A most improved basketball award goes to a person who has improved the most significantly in a basketball team. Best shooter basketball award is awarded to a person who has the highest shooting percentage in a season or tournament. Most blocks basketball award is a person who has the most blocks in a season or tournament.