Just hours after completing an interview for an assistant-coaching position with the New York Knicks, former NBA center Sean Rooks collapsed and passed away at a Philadelphia restaurant.
He was 46.
Rooks had been a player-development coach for the past two years with the Philadelphia 76ers. He had traveled to New York to meet with new Knicks Coach Jeff Hornacek, general manager Steve Mills, and president Phil Jackson to talk about becoming an assistant coach. An agreement was in the works, with both parties excited about the possibility of Rooks joining the staff.
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“It is with deep sadness and overwhelming grief that we mourn the sudden loss of my son, Sean,” said Deborah Brown, Rooks’ mother, in a statement released by the 76ers on Tuesday night. “Our family asks that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this incredibly difficult time.”
Rooks had a 12-year NBA career, playing with the Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic.
He was the 30th pick in the 1992 NBA Draft after an honorable-mention All-American collegiate career at the University of Arizona.
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