Members of the Atlanta Hawks organization are mouring the loss of hall of famer Walt Bellamy, who passed away on Saturday. He was 74 at the time of death.
Bellamy was part of a gold-medal winning 1960 USA Basketball Team that had the likes of Jerry West and Oscar Robinson. As an NBA player, Bellamy averaged 20.1 points in his career along with 13.7 rebounds and went 31.6/19.0 in his rookie year with Chicago. The center was a four-time All Star as well.
Bellamy has spent the most time with the Hawks (1970-74). Here's what they had to say.
The Hawks and the National Basketball Association have lost a giant. As an Olympic gold medalist, the first overall pick in 1961, Rookie of the Year in 1962, a four-time All-Star and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, his on-court accomplishments were overwhelming. Off the court, he was equally impactful as a family man, leader in the community, mentor and friend to many.
Condolences to his friends, family, and all those affected by the loss.