47-Year-Old Armen Gilliam Dies While Playing Basketball

Armen GilliamArmen Gilliam, who was part of the Nevada-Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebels basketball team that completed a run to the Final Four in 1987 and cooperated for some NBA teams, passed away last Tuesday night.

Gilliam, 47 years old, passed away at the LA Fitness gym in Bridgeville, Pa., while he was playing basketball, stated by the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office. The office said the reason of his death hadn’t yet been determined, pending an autopsy.

The 6-foot-9 Gilliam was chosen by the Phoenix Suns as the No.2 generally pick of the 1987 draft after starring at UNVL. Gilliam, named as ‘The Hammer’, also played in the NBA career averages of 13.7 points and 6.9 rebound in 929 games.

President of the 76ers, Rod Thorn said, “We are deeply saddened to learn about the loss of Armen Gilliam, he was a hardworking, physical player during his distinguished 13 years in the NBA and we are proud of the contributions he made to the Sixers from 1990 to 1993.”

Meanwhile, Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was ticketed for possessing marijuana and pacing in the Minneapolis community of Minnetonka, Minn. last week.

Capt. Scott Boerboom said an officer stopped Beasley around 3 a.m. on Interstate 394 after clocking him going 84 mph in a 65 mph zone. He said the officer smelled a strong scent of marijuana coming from the car.

The Pacers named Frank Vogel, who gets over for Jim O’Brien at the last period, as their head coach.

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