Former All-Star Utah Jazz middle Mark Eaton handed away as a result of a bicycle accident on Friday night time. Eaton was discovered unconscious on a street in Summit County, Utah. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced useless. The group confirmed the information and made this announcement Saturday through NBA.com.
“The Utah Jazz are profoundly saddened on the sudden passing of Mark Eaton, who was an everlasting determine in our franchise historical past and had a big impression in the neighborhood after his basketball profession,” the group mentioned in a press release. “Mark performed his complete 11-year NBA profession with the Jazz and his quantity was retired as an NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Participant of the Yr. His presence continued across the group as a buddy and ambassador whereas giving again as a businessman and volunteer to his adopted hometown in Utah. We lengthen our deepest condolences to his spouse Teri and their prolonged household. Mark can be significantly missed by all of us with the Jazz.”
The Contained in the NBA crew began their playoff protection by sharing their recollections of Eaton and sending nicely needs to his family and friends.
The Contained in the NBA crew reacts to the passing of Utah Jazz legend Mark Eaton.
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— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 29, 2021
Mark Eaton was initially drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 107th decide within the ’79 draft. Then he was drafted once more at No. 72 by Utah in ’82. It was in Salt Lake the place he spent 12 seasons and was each an All-Star (’89) and a two-time Defensive Participant of the Yr (’85 and ’89). His quantity 53 was retired by the Jazz group.
The large man ranks fourth in NBA historical past in blocked pictures with 3,064. He led the League in blocked pictures 4 instances in his profession (’84, ’85, ’87, and ’88). He holds the document for many blocked pictures in a season with 456 in ’84-85.
Utah Jazz’s glory years is outlined by the mix of John Stockton and Karl Malone, however Eaton was the unsung hero. The Jazz made the playoffs in his second yr for the primary time in franchise historical past that spearheaded a postseason streak that lasted 20 straight seasons.
Mark Eaton was 64 years previous.