WTAE.com reports this morning that former NBA/Nets player Armen Gilliam has passed away last night at the age of 47. According to the report, Gilliam suffered a heart attack while playing basketball at a fitness center in Collier Township and could not be recovered.
A 2nd overall pick with Phoenix, The Hammer played three seasons with the Nets from 1994-1996. In 1996, Gilliam averaged 18.3 point and 9.1 rebounds, career highs in both categories. He was also one of the first Nets I remember watching as a four-year old basketball fan, and his basketball card was one of the first I’d ever owned.
He’ll be missed.