On this day in 1993, Boston Celtics wing player Reggie Lewis died after collapsing on a local Boston basketball court. The Baltimore native was only 27. The previous April, in a playoff game against the Charlotte Hornets, Lewis shockingly tripped and fell to the ground with nobody near him. He was kept out of the game by the Celtics medical staff and later warned to stop playing basketball as he had a heart condition. However, after receiving a second medical opinion that assured him his ailment wasn’t serious, he went to the Brandeis University practice facility to work out when he went into cardiac arrest and his tragic death occurred. Lewis was well on his way to being one of the greatest players the game had seen. Selected to his lone All-Star Game in the 1991-1992 NBA season, Lewis averaged 17.6 points per game, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in six years in the league. He was regarded as one of the best-two players in the league, combining his versatile scoring ability on offense with his long arms and athleticism to be a force on defense. Off the court, he had a reserved demeanor but was very charitable, known for his work with inner city kids in Boston.
posted on 07/27/2017 by Daniel Oyefusi