Former Basketball Player Cotton Nash Has Passed Away
The basketball world has lost one of its greatest players as former University of Kentucky basketball star and NBA player, Cotton Nash, has passed away at the age of 79. Nash was a legendary player who left a lasting impact on the sport of basketball.
Early Life and Career
Cotton Nash was born on July 24, 1943, in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended the University of Kentucky and played basketball for the Wildcats from 1961-1964. During his college career, Nash was a three-time All-American and helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA championship game in 1966.
After college, Nash was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the third round of the 1964 NBA draft. He played for the Lakers for two seasons before being traded to the San Francisco Warriors in 1966. Nash played for the Warriors for one season before returning to the Lakers for the 1967-68 season. He retired from the NBA after the 1968-69 season.
Cause of Death
The cause of Cotton Nash’s death is truly unbelievable. According to reports, Nash was on a fishing trip with his son in Montana when he was attacked by a grizzly bear. Despite his efforts to fight off the bear, Nash suffered fatal injuries and passed away shortly after the attack.
Tributes Pour In
Following the news of Nash’s passing, tributes have poured in from the basketball community and beyond. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear tweeted, “Cotton Nash was not only a UK basketball legend, but he was also a Kentucky legend. His passing is a loss for the entire Commonwealth. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Former NBA player and Kentucky Wildcat Rex Chapman tweeted, “Sad to hear about the passing of Cotton Nash. One of the greatest to ever play at UK. Rest easy, Cotton.”
Cotton Nash will always be remembered as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. His impact on the sport will be felt for generations to come.
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