Eric Montross, Ex-NBA players Passed Away at 52

Eric Montross, Ex-NBA players Passed Away at 52

Eric Montross, Ex-NBA players Passed Away at 52

Sad News: Eric Montross, the 9th Overall Pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, Passes Away at 52 After Brave Cancer Battle

Eric Montross, renowned for his basketball prowess as the 9th overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, has succumbed to cancer at the age of 52, as announced by his family on Monday.

Eric Montross, Ex-NBA players Passed Away at 52

Montross achieved stardom during his college years as a key player for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, contributing to their national championship win in 1993. His professional career spanned eight seasons, during which he played for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, and Toronto Raptors.

The family’s statement released by UNC reads, “The family of Eric Montross (Laura, Sarah, Andrew, and Megan) is announcing that he passed away on Sunday, December 17, surrounded by loved ones at his home in Chapel Hill.” Eric faced his cancer diagnosis in March 2023, and his family expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support and love he received during his courageous battle.

Acknowledging the medical community, particularly the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, the family expressed appreciation for their dedicated efforts. Describing Eric’s indomitable spirit and grace, the statement highlights that knowing him was to experience his deep and sincere kindness, leaving an enduring impact on the lives he touched.

A basketball luminary, Montross earned All-American status for UNC and received All-ACC honors in 1993 and 1994. His NBA career showcased impressive statistics, with 2,071 points and 2,159 rebounds. Following his retirement in 2003, Eric transitioned to providing color commentary for Tar Heels basketball games, contributing his insights and passion for the sport. His legacy as both a player and a beloved figure in the basketball community will be remembered with fondness and respect.

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