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Mourners Pay Tribute To Former Knick Dean "The Dream" Meminger

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A memorial service was held Friday in Manhattan to honor the memory of former Knicks star Dean "The Dream" Meminger.

Mourners gathered at the Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Harlem where Valerie Simpson of the songwriting team Ashford and Simpson performed the hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" as a tribute to the late basketball star.

"He brought Harlem with him, to Albany, to Buffalo, wherever he was in the country, Harlem was right there," said Meminger's daughter, Maisha Meminger Crosby.

"The Dream" was a stand out at Rice High School and a college All American at Marquette.

Meminger spent four seasons with the Knicks and was a part of the legendary 1973 team that won the World Championship.

"When I first got here to New York Dean was my roommate. We've been through a whole lot together, and it's just a sad day today, but at the same time we're going to be celebrating his life," said Former Knick Earl "The Pearl" Monroe.

"He was a great player and a great human being, and it's a great loss to his family and all of us that cared about him," said Former Knick Bill Bradley.

"The Dream" was remembered as a man who had a helping hand for everybody, from kids on Harlem's streetside basketball courts to the New York Stars he coached to a championship in the women's professional basketball league.

"'Dean the Dream', a child of Harlem, he lived my dream, he got to play for our beloved New York Knicks, orange and blue," said Filmmaker Spike Lee.

The service was a true celebration with plenty of laughs provided by the Dream's sister, Diane, and his son, NY1's own criminal justice reporter Dean Meminger.

"My brother was a sociology major, but he was a philosopher. You needed to walk with a dictionary to understand what he said," said Diane Meminger.

"Every game was like a 1973 championship. Get down, move, elbow in your face. I'm like, 'Daddy, I'm on TV, you can't hit me in the face with the ball,'" said Dean Meminger.

After his career, Meminger did experience some troubled times, and was badly injured in a fire in 2009.

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