Reiser, ex-Bullet, is dead at 81

August 05, 1996|By Alan Goldstein

Joseph "Chick" Reiser, a starting guard on the Baltimore Bullets' 1947-48 NBA championship basketball team, died Thursday in Destin. Fla. He was 81.

"Chick was the best two-handed set-shot artist I ever saw," said Paul Hoffman, a teammate of Reiser's. "He was a very unselfish player -- just a consummate pro."

A native of New York and a New York University graduate, Reiser shared the Bullets' backcourt with player-coach Buddy Jeannette, who was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

Reiser also played with Jeannette in Fort Wayne, Ind., when the then Zollner Pistons won National Basketball League titles in 1944 and 1945.

He ended his career with the Washington Capitols in 1950.

Reiser coached the Bullets for 30 games in 1952 and 1953. While living in Baltimore, he owned a package-goods store in Hamilton.

Pub Date: 8/05/96

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