The NBA world, including the former league’s players, has reacted to the passing of Pat Summitt, a former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach.
Summitt, who amassed more than 1,000 career wins at the school and won 8 national championships there, died at age 64. The news was first announced via the Pat Summit Foundation’s Twitter account.
Summitt stepped down as coach in 2012 after she was diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.
Summitt also sent 39 players to the WNBA, 15 of whom were first-round picks and produced three No. 1 overall picks as well.
“R.I.P Coach Pat Summit #Legend #champion #winner the game of basketball is better because of you,” legendary NBA guard Isiah Thomas tweeted.
“A true legend is here no more, thoughts and prayers to the Summitt family! We all have the ability to make change, very few of us actually do,” said another tweet from ex-NBA player Greg Anthony.
“RIP to the incomparable Pat Summitt – a pioneer who made sure we all knew that the great game of basketball didn’t just belong to the boys,” said former NBA star guard Kevin Johnson.
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