Leo "Ace" Gottlieb (November 28, 1920 – August 1972) was an American basketball player.
Early and personal life
Gottlieb, who was Jewish, was born in New York City, New York. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx, New York.
Gottlieb was the uncle of Ron Rothstein, the first coach of the Miami Heat.
Gottlieb played guard. He played for the Philadelphia Sphas in the ABL in 1939–40, the New York Jewels in 1940–42, the New York Americans in 1943–44, and the New York Gothams in 1945–46.
He made his debut in the National Basketball Association on November 1, 1946. He led the New York Knicks in scoring (14 points) in the first-ever game in NBA history, as the Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies 68-66.
He played for the New York Knicks from 1946–48.