April 14, 2024

The NBA in mourning

The NBA mourns one of its own. After several months of battle, Eric Montross lost his battle with cancer. At just 52 years of age, the former American pivot passed away this Sunday, his former university, North Carolina University, announced.

The North Carolina athletic department, the Tar Heels basketball family and the entire university community are deeply saddened and …

The NBA mourns one of its own. After several months of battle, Eric Montross lost his battle with cancer. At just 52 years of age, the former American pivot passed away this Sunday, his former university, North Carolina University, announced.

The North Carolina athletic department, the Tar Heels basketball family and the entire university community are deeply saddened and stunned by the loss of Eric Montross, one of our most valued alumni/athletes, who was far too young to leave us, said a statement from North Carolina University.e, his colleagues and friends. The number of people who have loved and been touched by Eric is incalculable.

NCAA Champion with the Tar Heels in 1993, Eric Montross was drafted 9th overall by the Celtics, where he averaged 10 points and 7.3 rebounds in his rookie season. This was enough to earn him a place in the Rookie Game at the All-Star Game and a place on the All-Rookie Second Team.

The rest of his career was less convincing, for although he eventually played 465 games, he played for a succession of franchises – Dallas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Detroit and Toronto – having to settle for a behind-the-scenes role before retiring in 2004 and commenting on the mat