Dave Debusschere

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Dave DeBusschere is one of those guys who got kind of pushed out of the public consciousness by later greats but he was a remarkable athlete. Born in Detroit in 1940, he stayed home at the University of Detroit where he starred in both baseball and basketball. Amazingly, he starred...
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Dave DeBusschere

An NBA game can be the ultimate showcase of individual talent. It can also be the ultimate showcase of teamwork, five players in synch, where the whole is greater than the individual parts. The 1969-70 New York Knicks were that team. The pieces fit, the players were in the right...

Chaminade's Dave DeBusschere carries the proud name well

The game against St. Dominic was less than 30 seconds old. The player wearing No. 22 in the home white inside Chaminade’s gym launched his first shot from beyond the three-point arc — swish. Second shot, beyond the arc — good again. No. 22 is a big...

Dave DeBusschere: Basketball Icon, Baseball “What Might Have Been”

Recently, as part of the National Basketball Association’s 75th anniversary, the NBA released its list of the 75 greatest basketball players of all time. The selections included countless names familiar to all sports fans. But there was one particular name that might have rung a bell with baseball fans of the 1960s. Before he was an NBA star, the youngest coach in NBA history, or an iconic member of the New York Knicks’ 1970 and 1973 championship teams, Dave DeBusschere was a highly regarded Major League pitching prospect.

Legends profile: Dave DeBusschere

Dave DeBusschere was nicknamed “Big D,” where the “D” stood for Defense. A hard-nosed, tenacious forward, DeBusschere was one of the game’s all-time best defenders. He was named to the All-Defensive First Team in each of the award’s first six years of existence. DeBusschere was average in size at 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, but he possessed a work ethic that was second to none. During his 12-year NBA career he represented the epitome of the blue-collar basketball star.