The basketball world is mourning the passing of one of its giant figures today.
Tim Bassett, a NCAA star in the 1970s with the Georgia Bulldogs and an ABA champion with the New Jersey Nets before their move to the NBA, has died. The Washington, D.C. native was 67 years old.
The cause of death was cancer, according to reports.
Former Georgia Star, ABA/NBA Player Tim Bassett Has Died https://t.co/d0dlwLqOph— The Spun (@TheSpun) December 12, 2018
Bassett was drafted by the San Diego Conquistadors in the 1973 ABA Draft, but spent his best years with the Nets from 1975-1980.
Bassett will perhaps best be remembered for being an All-SEC center during his college days at Georgia, as well as being one of the first black players ever to play for the Bulldogs.
Tim Bassett has died: Bassett was an all SEC center for the Georgia Bulldog basketball team, one of the first black Bulldog basketball players in the early 1970s. https://t.co/p4ytM015fv— WGAUradio (@WGAUradio) December 12, 2018
Some of Bassett's former teams have taken to paying tribute to the fallen legend on social media, praising him for his philanthropy.
Bassett was a chair of the "Heroes and Cool Kids" organization, which specialized in teaching grade school children "
We are deeply saddened about the passing of former Net Tim Bassett. Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and all those he impacted in the community. pic.twitter.com/p5tVQ8xIFo— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 11, 2018
Bassett's presence was felt far beyond the hardwood, and he will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family and loved ones.