Former NBA center and Philadelphia Sixers assistant coach Sean Rooks has reportedly died at age 46, after collapsing in a restaurant, NBA’s official website reported.
“It is with deep sadness and overwhelming grief that we mourn the sudden loss of my son, Sean. Our family asks that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this incredibly difficult time,” said the message of Rooks’ mother, released by the Sixers.
Rooks died several hours after interviewing for an assistant-coaching job with the New York Knicks on June 7. He spent five years in the D-League, including stops in Sioux Falls and Bakersfield, before landing a player-development job with the 76ers in 2014.
Rooks was also preparing to leave for an NBA-sponsored trip to China, according to Yahoo News.
Following his passing, many former NBA players who played with or against Rooks expressed condolences. Among them – Earl Watson, Steve Smith, Tom Tolbert, Quentin Richardson and Damon Stoudamire.
Rooks played 11 years in the NBA, for Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic.
In his rookie season, Rooks averaged 13.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.1 bpg for the Mavericks. He holds career averages of 6.2 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 18.1 minutes per game.
Rooks played in a total of 749 NBA games, starting in 230 of them.
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