Robert Traylor NBA

May 12, 2011 by staff 

Robert Traylor NBARobert Traylor NBA, From the moment he arrived on campus in the fall of 1995, Robert (Tractor) Traylor was a cult hero. Michigan held Midnight Madness and – simply because of their pedigree as Mr. Basketball in the state on the heels of the Fab Five – who was a star. When he fell down a basket, breaking the glass panel during a game at Crisler Arena, the crowd, though stunned, roared.

And when UM Traylor led to the 1998 Grand Championship Tournament of Ten, who was beloved by the fans Wolverines. Traylor was found dead on Wednesday in Puerto Rico. He was 34 years. San Juan police said in a statement that was found on the bedroom floor of his apartment overlooking the sea. The police and the team Traylor, Bayam? N Cowboys said he had been missing for a few days and apparently died of a heart attack.

Although Traylor will be remembered for his college highlights, will be remembered for his transgressions, as well, including legal and financial problems and its dissociation current 10 years of UM because he accepted money from booster Ed Martin, who, in part, led to severe NCAA sanctions.

Those who knew him well describe a few imagined outsiders.

“He was one of a kind, a true sign, both inside and outside the court,” said Robbie Reid, a teammate of UM in 1997-98. “One of my favorite teammates of all time. I’ve always wanted to point out is Rob was a really good, a true gentle giant. Off the field, were fun loving, really happy, and a person really nice? I do not think that came out in their public image, the problems surrounding it. ”

After starring in Detroit Murray-Wright, Traylor thrived for three seasons at UM before entering the NBA draft. Dallas took him with the sixth pick in 1998, but dealt him to Milwaukee.

His NBA career lasted seven years, but never stood out as many expected, given its extraordinary ability to 6 feet 8 inches, 300 pounds. He needed surgery for an enlarged aorta in 2006. He was still playing professionally in Puerto Rico, 13 years after leaving UM, although he was recently sidelined with an undisclosed injury. “The fans loved him, idolized him,” Cowboys, Jose Carlos Perez told The Associated Press.

“You do not see players of his stature have that kind of mobility,” said former UM coach Brian Ellerbe, who led Traylor in 1997-98. “The closest I’ve seen in person was Charles Barkley. There are guys hovering around 300 pounds most of his career that is flexible and fluid.”

Ellerbe, who was in contact with Traylor and had a long conversation with him in November, said he was “very surprised” by his death.

“It was one of those players that obviously affected in different ways,” said Ellerbe. “Both as a person and a player because he was a figure so sociable.”

Due to NCAA sanctions and dissociation, UM declined to comment on Traylor with the exception of a statement by athletic director Dave Brandon. “We are saddened to hear of the loss of a former student-athlete, Robert Traylor Our sympathies are with his family during this difficult time.”

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