Former NBA player Bob Hopkins dies, NBRPA extends condolences

bob-hopkinsFormer NBA player and Seattle Supersonics coach Robert (Bob) Hopkins died after battling with kidney disease and congestive heart failure. He was 80.

The NBRPA (National Retired Players Association) extended its condolences to the family friends and former teammates of Hopkins.

Hopkins was the first player in NCAA history to reach 1,000 points in 1953-54 and 1954-55.

Hopkins also played in the NBA for 4 seasons for the Syracuse Nationals, appearing in 273 games, averaging career 8.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg in 18.8 mpg.

After retiring from the NBA, Hopkins worked as a scout and coach for the Seattle Supersonics, and as an assistant coach under another former NBA star Bill Russell, his cousin. Later Hopkins became the team’s head coach, and also served as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks later.

Hopkins is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame, NAIA Hall of Fame and Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Hopkins also has his basketball memorabilia in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hopkins is survived by his wife, three daughters, a son and four grandchildren.


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