Blaylock in serious condition after crash
by Staff and wire reports, USA TODAY Sports
Former NBA All-Star guard Daron “Mookie” Blaylock has been upgraded to serious condition a day after his SUV crashed head-on into a van and killed a woman.
Atlanta Medical Center spokeswoman Nicole Gustin said Saturday that the 46-year-old Blaylock had been upgraded to serious condition. On Friday, the hospital listed Blaylock in critical condition, and police said the former Atlanta Hawks player had been placed on life support for a short time.
Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said Blaylock was driving Friday afternoon in the Atlanta suburb of Jonesboro when his SUV crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a van with two people inside.
The van’s passenger, 43-year-old Monica Murphy, was killed. Her husband broke an ankle.
Blaylock was an All-Star in 1994 with the Atlanta Hawks, for whom he played seven seasons.
He began his career as the No. 12 overall pick out of Oklahoma in the 1989 NBA draft for the New Jersey Nets, where he played his first three seasons. Blaylock retired with the Golden State Warriors, whom he also played three years for, after 13 NBA seasons.
He averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals over 889 games. He made the NBA’s all-defensive teams six times in the 1990s.
At Oklahoma, Blaylock helped the Sooners to reach the 1988 NCAA title game, where they lost to Kansas.
Blaylock has twin sons playing football for the University of Kentucky.
Contributing: The Associated Press