Willis Reed, the legendary captain and star center for the New York Knicks who led the franchise to its only two championships and was the author of one of the signature moments in NBA history, has died. He was 80.

Reed, a burly, physical presence in the post across his 10 years in the NBA — all with the Knicks — was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1965 and its Most Valuable Player in 1970, as well as a seven-time All-Star and a five-time All-NBA selection. He was also eventually named to the NBA’s 50th and 75th anniversary teams.

Reed’s No. 19 became the first retired by the Knicks in 1976, and he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1982. He went on to be the head coach of the Knicks for a little more than a year, and later spent four years as the head coach at the University of Creighton, before working for more than a decade in the then-New Jersey Nets’ front office, first as general manager and then as senior vice president of basketball operations.

Reed also worked as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks from 1985 to ’87, when current 76ers coach Doc Rivers played point guard for the team.

Reed was born on June 25, 1942 in Dubach, Louisiana. After playing high school ball in Lillie, Louisiana, he starred at Grambling State University from 1960 to ’64, averaging over 26 points and 21 rebounds as a senior, before New York selected him in the second round of the 1964 NBA draft. He would go on to finish his career with averages of 18.7 points and 12.9 rebounds per game.