Born June 25, 1942 Willis Reed played in the NBA mainly as a Centre/Forward during their playing career, season(s): 1965-1974. Willis Reed Jr. is an American retired basketball player, coach and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career with the New York Knicks. In 1982, Reed was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was voted one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History".