Brooks Thompson, the guard who was the former first-round pick of the Orlando Magic and went on to be the Texas-San Antonio men’s basketball coach, passed away at the age of 45.
People around the league are remembering him, as with this video above.
Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr played against him and had this to say before Game 4 Friday:
“Another sad day today in the NBA world. Brooks Thompson passed away. Brooks played for Orlando. I was watching Classic Sports about a week ago, and they showed our 1996 Eastern Conference Finals game against the Magic, and Brooks and I were guarding each other. The Magic had had some injuries, and he played Game 4; had a great game. I had no idea he was ill. I read today online that he passed away, and I just want to give my condolences to his family. I just cannot believe the year it’s been for the NBA and for so many people in the NBA who have lost loved ones. Not just players, but coaches and family members, and I wish the Thompson family well.”
Our thoughts are with Thompson’s families and friends.