“Billy is a well connected guy who truly worked in the best interest of our inner-city youth,” said Tim Anderson, former head coach at Chicago Crane. “He whole heartedly believed in using basketball and not letting it use you.”
Taylor was 40 at the time of his death and had three children, the oldest being his 18-year -old-son.
One athlete Taylor was very close to was Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, raised in Oak Park– a community just west of the Chicago city limits. Shumpert and the Knicks were in Chicago at the time of Taylor’s death for Thursday’s game with the Bulls, though it is uncertain if Shumpert was with Taylor before or at the time of the hit-and-run.
Shumpert went 3-for-3 for seven points in the Knicks 118-111 OT loss to the Bulls at the United Center that snapped their 13-game winning streak..“RiP OG Billy Gates…we lost a real one yesterday
“Billy was a little brother to me, he was one of the most loyal people you could ever meet, in some cases to a fault,” declared Chicago State University head coach Tracy Dildy. “A true Chicago guy. The basketball world has lost a true grassroots basketball historian.”