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Sixers Assistant Coach Sean Rooks Dead At 46

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Former NBA player and current Sixers assistant coach Sean Rooks died this evening in Philadelphia. He was 46 years old. Marc Spears first reported the news, and the Sixers confirmed it shortly after. Woj reports that he suffered a heart attack shortly after eating dinner with his family. He interviewed with the Knicks for an assistant coaching job earlier in the day.


Rooks played for 12 seasons in the NBA, mostly in Los Angeles with the Lakers and later with the Clippers. He began his coaching career shortly after, and worked his way up to the Sixers from the D-League, working for them over the past two seasons.

As Danny Chau points out, Rooks’ Hail Mary pass sparked this famous Lamar Odom to Darius Miles alley-oop.

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