Vince Boryla

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Vince Boryla
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Personal information
Born (1927-03-11)March 11, 1927
East Chicago, Indiana
Died March 27, 2016(2016-03-27) (aged 89)
Denver, Colorado
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Washington (East Chicago, Indiana)
College
Playing career 1949–1954
Position Forward
Number 19, 12
Career history
As player:
19491954 New York Knicks
As coach:
19551958 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 3,187
Rebounds 831
Assists 610
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Vincent Joseph "Vince" Boryla (March 11, 1927 – March 27, 2016) was an American basketball player, coach and executive. His nickname was "Moose". He graduated from East Chicago Washington High School in 1944. He played basketball at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Denver, where he was named a consensus All-American in 1949.[1] Boryla was part of the U.S team that won the gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.[1]

Boryla played for the New York Knicks in the early 1950s. In 1951, Boryla scored nine points in the inaugural NBA All-Star Game and played in the NBA Finals in 1951 and 1953. Boryla did not participate in the 1952 playoffs. He later became the Knicks' coach from 1956 to 1958, and had an 80-85 record with them.[1]

Later in his career, Boryla became the general manager of the American Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets early in their history when they were first the Kansas City ABA team and then the Denver Larks. He was also the general manager of the ABA's Utah Stars. Boryla later rejoined the Nuggets when the franchise joined the NBA. He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award with the Nuggets in 1984.

Boryla was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 1984 into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame.[2] Boryla died in Denver, Colorado on March 27, 2016 from complications of pneumonia, aged 89.[3][4]

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