Former NBA star Armon Gilliam dies

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Armon Gilliam, a star basketball player at UNLV and later in the NBA, died Tuesday night while playing basketball at the L.A. Fitness in Bridgeville.

Gilliam, who lived in Bethel Park, collapsed while playing a game of pickup basketball. He was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead at 9:28 p.m., according to the Allegheny County coroner's office.

Gilliam was 47.

Gilliam, who is a member of the Bethel Park High School Hall of Fame, was the second overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 1987 NBA Draft. He played in the NBA from 1987-2000 for the Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz.

Gilliam later came out of retirement and played for the Pittsburgh Xplosion of the ABA during the 2005-06 season. He also served as the head coach at Penn State-Altoona after his retirement from the NBA.

Gilliam was a regular at L.A. Fitness and played pickup games there almost every day.


Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1230.


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