Sean Rooks the former NBA Player turned assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers died Tuesday. Rooks was 46.
Deborah Brown, Rooks’ mother released a statement that said it was with deep overwhelming grief and deep sadness that we are mourning the loss of Sean. The statement added that the family asked for its privacy to be respected.
While dining at a restaurant in Philadelphia, Rooks collapsed and died, sources said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Rooks visited with Phil Jackson the New York Knicks president and Steve Mills the team’s general manager regarding an assistant coach position on the staff of new head coach Jeff Hornacek.
Rooks started coaching during 2007 and was with the 76ers since 2014 prior to being released from his duties only a few weeks ago.
The 76ers in an official statement said that Rooks would be remembered not for just his many accomplishments on the basketball court, but for his positive outlook, vibrant personality and true care he held for everyone that was in his life.
During his NBA playing career, Rooks played on seven NBA teams including the Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets.
He played between 1992 and 2004 after he was drafted by the Mavericks with the No. 30 overall pick during the 1992 NBA draft.
Rooks played in 749 career games in the NBA scoring 4,676 points. Jeanie Bush the co-owner and president of the Lakers said through a statement that the organization was shocked and saddened by the news that Rooks had died.
The statement added that during Rooks’ time with Los Angeles he was a complete professional and a favorite with the rest of his coaches and teammates.
In 1992, while a senior with the Arizona Wildcats, Rooks averaged over 16 points and nearly 7 rebounds a game. He was part of a group of seniors on Arizona that under coach Lute Olsen won 106 games.
Olson through a statement said the news of Rooks’ death was a horrible shock. He added that Sean was a wonderful man and had a great disposition.
The statement by Olsen also said that during Rooks’ time going to school at Arizona he was very pleasant to be around due to his positivity. He concluded by saying it was a very tough day and a huge loss for the Arizona basketball program.
Rooks has a son Kameron who is 7-foot and plays for California. He is survived as well a daughter Khayla and his mother.