Extractions: Former Southern University Basketball Great Dies in Car Wreck January 12, 2000 Baton Rouge, LA - Shock, grief and dismay just some of the descriptive words portraying a saddened and somber mood at Southern University upon discovering facts of the untimely death of one of the Jaguar nation's most beloved family members. At the tender age of 30, one of the more lauded members of the Southern University family was relieved of his duties on earth to answer the bells of a higher calling. Former Southern University basketball great Bobby Phills departed this life on Wednesday, January 12, following a fatal two car accident in Charlotte, North Carolina. "In the loss of Bobby Phills we have truly lost a great person, a great father, a great husband and a great mentor," lamented Southern University head basketball coach Tommy Green, a mentor of Phills's as the assistant coach during the star athlete's collegiate basketball career at Southern. "When people talk about Bobby (Phills) most of the discussion will surround his prowess on the basketball court," Green continued, "but to know him personally is to know a true class act."
Extractions: Death at high speed Click here for more on this story Posted: Wednesday January 19, 2000 06:36 PM The Hornets honored their fallen teammate, Bobby Phills, before their game against Toronto on Monday night. AP CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets teammates Bobby Phills and David Wesley were racing at more than 100 mph when Phills lost control of his Porsche and was killed, a new police report says. Phills, traveling 107 mph, was behind Wesley, at 110 mph, when he spun out, crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with an Oldsmobile on Jan. 12, according to Monday's report from Charlotte-Mecklenburg County police. Police originally estimated the two players were racing at speeds more than 75 mph in the 45 mph zone. The latest report says both Phills and Wesley were driving "in an erratic, reckless, careless, negligent or aggressive manner," and that the two men were "involved in a speed competition" before the collision.
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Extractions: HORNETS Most of todays stories about the death of the Charlotte Hornets Bobby Phills will read like a standard obituary. Theyll show his age, his family, his accomplishments and give quotes heralding his good nature. Oftentimes, such an obituary will either gloss over or fail to mention any misdeeds. You know, the kind of courtesy given to those who have just died. But, in the case of Bobby Ray Phills Jr., there cant be enough positives to cut to the essence of what he was. Or as legendary Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster Joe Tait said of Phills Wednesday: "If one asks me to describe the NBA player who epitomizes all that you wished what NBA players would be, its Bobby Phills. I dont know one negative thing about him." His agent may have summed up the emotions of everyone who came in contact with the Charlotte Hornets forward.
Extractions: Inducted - 2001 Phills was a first team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference and second team All-Louisiana selection in 1991. He finished his career with 1,922 points for a 17.0 average. He averaged 28.4 points (6th in nation) in 1991, 20.1 points in 1990, and 13.5 points in 1989. He led the nation with an average of 4.39 three-point field goals made per game in 1991. He also averaged 3.21 steals (9th in nation) in 1991 and 3.61 three-point field goals made per game (8th in nation) in 1990. His single game scoring high was 52 points.
Extractions: HISTORY OF THE LOUISIANA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME The Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame is one of the major projects of the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches. The Hall of Fame was created to honor former great basketball players and coaches from Louisiana universities and colleges. The Hall of Fame is located in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. It contains plaques and mementos of persons elected to the Hall of Fame, along with other historic basketball memorabilia. Individuals are nominated to the Hall of Fame by their respective schools and are elected on an annual basis by a vote of the LABC's Board of Directors. Individuals are not eligible for election until at least five years after they have completed their collegiate careers. Charter members were elected in 1975 and inducted in 1976. They were Bob Hopkins of Grambling; Jackie Moreland of Louisiana Tech; Bob Pettit of LSU; Willis Reed of Grambling; and Cliff Wells of Tulane. Additional individuals have been inducted every year since 1976. Inducted in 1977 were Pete Maravich of LSU; Lee Prather of Northwestern; and Malcolm "Sparky" Wade of LSU.
Extractions: April 6, 1999 Phills is one of the few players in the NBA that can both take by the ball past opponents, and take it away from them. (Allsport) Drafted in the second round of the NBA but later relegated to the CBA, guard Bobby Phills came back and has established himself as a key player for the Charlotte Hornets, a player who can contribute at both ends of the floor. Phills stopped by our chat room on Tuesday, April 6 to talk with fans about his injury and getting back on the court to get the Hornets in the playoffs. After six seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, for whom he averaged a career-high 14.6 points per game and earned NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors in 1995-96, Phills signed with Charlotte as a free agent prior to the 1997-98 season and helped the Hornets to 51 wins and the second round of the playoffs in his first year there. He is currently averaging over 13 points per game. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phills attended Southern University. As a senior in 1990-91 Phills finished led the nation in three-pointers made with 4.39 per game, ranked fourth in scoring at 28.4 points per contest and was 13th in steals at 3.2 per game. Phills was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 1991 NBA Draft, but he was cut without playing in a game and joined the Sioux Falls SkyForce of the CBA and averaged 23.1 points before signing with Cleveland late in the season where he stayed on.
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Extractions: January 23, 2000 Claflin women's basketball coach Nelson Brownlee picked up career victory #600 Saturday night. Brownlee is the winningest coach in black college women's basketball and now only the second NAIA women's basketball coach to win 600 games. He has been coaching at the Orangeburg, SC institution for 24 years. January 21, 2000 Steve Wilks Resigns as Savannah State Football Coach January 20, 2000 Wilberforce Men's Basketball Gets NAIA Sanctions January 19, 2000
Extractions: Sports Memorabilia ... Click here for more on this story Posted: Thursday January 13, 2000 12:43 AM Bobby Phills joined the Hornets in 1997 after six years with Cleveland. Tom Hauck/Allsport CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets guard Bobby Phills was speeding in his Porsche after practice Wednesday when he lost control, crashed into a car and died instantly. Stunned and tearful teammates and Hornets officials gathered at the accident scene less than a mile from the Charlotte Coliseum, where minutes earlier Phills and the other players had been practicing for Wednesday night's game with the Chicago Bulls . The game was postponed. Phills, 30, who began his NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers , was traveling at a "very high rate of speed" when he collided with a car headed toward the coliseum, police spokesman Keith Bridges said. A minivan rear-ended the other car. Two people in those vehicles were hospitalized. Witnesses said teammate David Wesley , the Hornets' starting point guard, also may have been driving too fast in his own Porsche, according to police. Wesley's car wasn't involved in the accident, and he was questioned at the scene.
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Extractions: At the tender age of 30, one of the more lauded members of the Southern University family was relieved of his duties on earth to answer the bells of a higher calling. Former Southern University basketball great Bobby Phills departed this life on Wednesday, January 12, following a fatal two-car accident in Charlotte, North Carolina. "In the loss of Bobby Phills we have truly lost a great person, a great father, a great husband and a great mentor," lamented Southern University head basketball coach Tommy Green, a mentor of Phills's as the assistant coach during the star athlete's collegiate basketball career at Southern.