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Lance Blanks, a former NBA player who served as a team executive for the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs, committed suicide last week, his daughter revealed Tuesday.
Riley Blanks Reed made the announcement in an obituary posted on ESPN, writing that he «took his own life.»
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«People will want more information,» Blanks Reed wrote. «But the fact is, we’ll never really know why. And we don’t have to. All we have to do is remember it, honor it, celebrate it, and shower our love on the family that made it happy.»
Blanks Reed remembered his father as a leader who made an impact on and off the field.
“Dad made an impact. He had what he would call ‘staying power’. They affectionately referred to him as the duck: relaxed, calm and effortless on the surface, pedaling like mad underwater,» she wrote.
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«Dad was my person, my idol, my teacher, my best friend and my confidant, a man who believed he was immortal. He encompassed everything for me.»
Blanks gained prominence in the basketball world as a member of the University of Texas basketball program from 1988 to 1990, helping the Longhorns reach the Elite Eight in his senior year there.
Blanks was selected 26th overall in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, playing brief stints with them and the Minnesota Timberwolves before playing overseas.
He came to the front offices after his playing career ended.
Since 2020, Blanks had been a television analyst for Texas basketball on the Longhorn Network.
His 1,322 points still rank eighth in Texas history and the most ever for a 2-year-old Longhorn. His 20.0 points per game with Texas are the fourth-highest in school history and he finished his run as the school’s all-time steals leader.
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Blanks was 56 years old.
Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.