Joe Colone

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Joe Colone
Personal information
Born (1924-01-23)January 23, 1924
Berwick, Pennsylvania
Died July 1, 2009(2009-07-01) (aged 85)
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Berwick (Berwick, Pennsylvania)
College Bloomsburg
Playing career 1948–1953
Position Forward
Number 18
Career history
1948–1949 New York Knicks
1949–1950 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1950–1951 Allentown Aces (ABL)
1951–1953 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1953 Elmira Colonels (ABL)
Career BAA statistics
Points 83 (5.5 ppg)
Assists 9 (0.6 apg)
Stats at

Joseph F. "Bells" Colone[1] (January 23, 1924 – July 1, 2009) was an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Colone attended Berwick High School in Berwick, Pennsylvania[1][3] and then played basketball collegiately at Bloomsburg State Teachers College (now named Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania).[1][2][3]

Professional career[edit]

He was not drafted into the NBA but still managed to make the Knicks' roster for the 1948–49 season. At 6 feet 5 inches tall and 210 pounds,[1] Joe played the forward position. He only played for one season in the NBA and appeared in 15 games while averaging 5.5 points.[2]


After his brief stint in the NBA, Colone migrated to Woodbury, New Jersey to teach.[3] He taught at Woodbury Junior-Senior High School from 1954–1986.[1] He was an assistant coach for the football and basketball teams there. Colone mentored rising basketball star Dave Budd, who later went on to play at Wake Forest University and then, coincidentally, the New York Knicks.[3] Budd is still the only Woodbury High School graduate to ever reach the NBA. Budd's career lasted five seasons and he was also responsible in sharing the duty of guarding Wilt Chamberlain during his 100–point game. Budd and Colone stayed friends throughout the rest of Colone's life.[3]

Joe "Bells" Colone died at age 83 on July 1, 2009 after many years of fighting various illnesses.[3] He had been married to his wife Genevieve for 57 years and had five children – four sons and one daughter.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Joe Colone Statistics". Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Joe Colone Past Stats, Playoff Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Shryock, Bob (July 7, 2009). "One of Woodbury's finest leaves lasting legacy". Gloucester County Times. Retrieved July 7, 2009.