NBA roundup: Jack Twyman dies
Jack Twyman, known for a Hall of Fame basketball career and his relationship with teammate Maurice Stokes, died Wednesday at a Cincinnati hospice as a result of complications from an aggressive form of blood cancer, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday.
He was 78.
Twyman is one of three players to have his number retired at the University of Cincinnati, where he was an All-American. He then played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Royals, first in Rochester, then in Cincinnati when the franchise moved there.
He was a six-time NBA All-Star and had a career average of 19.2 points. His best season was 1959-60, when he averaged 31.2 points. Twyman was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.
Twyman may be better known for his relationship with Stokes. He became Stokes’ legal guardian to help Stokes get medical benefits after Stokes became a paraplegic as a result of a head injury sustained during the final game of the 1958 season.
— Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing won’t be the next coach in Charlotte.
Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins told ESPN.com that said owner Michael Jordan told Ewing that he was out of the running to replace Paul Silas.
Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw will interview Friday, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard. Los Angeles Lakers assistant Quin Snyder will discuss the position June 4. Sources told the web site that the team contacted former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, but were told he is considering taking a year off.
—-Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers has a back ailment that may require surgery in the offseason. Rivers told the Boston Herald he has a herniated disc and said he had an epidural to relieve the pain.
“It’s been going on for about four weeks,” he told the Herald. “I think it was in Game 4 or 5 against Philly that it really got bad, so I just went in and took the shot.”
Rivers said he does not yet know whether it will require an operation.