Robert "Tractor" Traylor found dead
Old 05-11-2011, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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According to the team of former NBA player Robert “Tractor” Traylor, Traylor has been found dead in his apartment in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. He was 34 years old.

Traylor first gained national attention for his hulking physique and skill around the basket as a star forward at the University of Michigan, and was taken with the sixth overall pick (and swapped for Dirk Nowitzki on draft day) after averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds per game as a Michigan junior.

Traylor’s NBA career never lived up to the promise he showed in college, and he averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in stints with the Bucks, Cavaliers, and Hornets before he began his international basketball career in 2006 after a failed physical with the New jersey Nets.

Traylor struggled with health and weight issues throughout most of his adult life, but his cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Mr. Traylor.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow! Horrible, so young. Wonder how he died.
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Brutal news.

Sad to hear that.
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Wow! Horrible, so young. Wonder how he died.
Apparently, it was a massive heart attack.
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Apparently, it was a massive heart attack.
Makes sense, with his weight issues. Always hate hearing someone dying so young. He had it all coming out of college. Too bad.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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HE suffered some heart problems and undervent surgery to fix it, so that make sense. Sad news
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I can't believe he was that young. I loved to see him set picks. Shooting free throws - not so much.
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Whoa. I thought he was much much older then that. I also always wondered where he disappeared to. Sad to hear
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So Dirk is being touted as one of the best top 10 players of all time and the guy he was traded for did nothing and has now died.

Can we put the "Most Lopsided Trade" discussion to bed now?

PS. RIP Tractor. I have your rookie card.
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So Dirk is being touted as one of the best top 10 players of all time and the guy he was traded for did nothing and has now died.

Can we put the "Most Lopsided Trade" discussion to bed now?

PS. RIP Tractor. I have your rookie card.
russ courtnall for john kordic comes to mind...
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So Dirk is being touted as one of the best top 10 players of all time and the guy he was traded for did nothing and has now died.

Can we put the "Most Lopsided Trade" discussion to bed now?

PS. RIP Tractor. I have your rookie card.
First off sad news and RIP.

Second going on with the trade. Mavs traded Robert Traylor for Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity. Then the Mavs would take Garrity, a future first, and a couple of players(Bubba Wells and Martin Muursepp) for Steve Nash.

So Robert Traylor basically got the Mavs Dirk and Nash.
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RIP, was a great player, can't believe he died so young
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Brandon Jennings is reading this right now, learning about the trade for Dirk, and shaking his head at what could have been his teammate...

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Bad jokes aside, this is sad news and I feel for his family, friends and everyone who knew him.
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Only 34? Wow. RIP
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FORMER NBA PLAYER ROBERT (TRACTOR) TRAYLOR DIES

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Robert Traylor, the former NBA and University of Michigan big man nicknamed "Tractor" because of his hulking frame, has died. He was 34.

Described as a "gentle giant" with a generous smile, Traylor played seven years in the NBA. He is perhaps most remembered, however, for his career at Michigan, where he was a standout for three seasons but became embroiled in a major scandal involving a booster.

Police in San Juan said Traylor was found dead Wednesday on the bedroom floor of his oceanfront apartment. Police and Traylor's team, the Bayamon Cowboys, said he had been missing for a few days and apparently died from a heart attack.

"He was a leader of the team," said Jose Carlos Perez, the Cowboys' manager. "He was very, very friendly. He got along very well with everyone. The fans loved him, idolized him."

Perez told The Associated Press that Traylor had been talking by phone to his wife in Chicago when the connection was suddenly cut off. She called team officials Wednesday and they checked on him, Perez said.

The six-foot-eight, 300-pound Traylor was injured and had not been playing, the team said.

Traylor was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the sixth pick in 1998, but they traded his rights to Milwaukee in a major deal that sent Dirk Nowitzki to Dallas. Traylor played for the Bucks in the first two seasons of an NBA career that included stops in Cleveland, Charlotte and New Orleans.
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:21 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Considering he was always so heavy, the guy had mad hops! He was like a Udonis Haslem who just never got skinny.
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