Former NBA Player Roy Tarpley Has Died

Roy Tarpley, the former Dallas Mavericks star center whose NBA career was cut short by drug abuse, died Friday. He was 50.

According to a Tarrant County medical examiner’s report, Tarpley died at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, near Dallas. No cause of death was given in the online report.

”If Roy had stayed healthy, he could have been one of the top-50 players ever,” Brad Davis, the Mavericks’ radio analyst and player-development coach who played with Tarpley, told The Dallas Morning News. ”He could do it all – shoot, score, rebound, pass and defend. We’re all sorry to hear of his passing.”

The 7-foot Tarpley was the seventh overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft out of Michigan. He played for the Mavericks until October 1991, when he was kicked out of the NBA for using cocaine.

Written by Nick Endress

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