Ex-NBA guard Mookie Blaylock critically injured in car crash
Blaylock has been under treatment for seizures, a family member told the AJC; it’s unclear if he suffered one at the time of the accident. Blaylock had an outstanding warrant on DUI and drug
charges, Allen said, though investigators did not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
season and the following one, Blaylock led the league in steals. He
retired with career averages of 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists
and 2.3 steals.
His name struck such a pop culture chord that members of Pearl Jam
originally named their band Mookie Blaylock, and they titled
their debut album “Ten” after his jersey number.
The band was among those sending out support on Twitter.
Blaylock was a member of several playoff teams in Atlanta with teammates such as Dikembe Mutombo, Steve Smith and Jon Barry. He was traded in 1999, a move that allowed the Hawks to draft Jason Terry with the 10th overall pick.
“It was very shocking,” Blaylock told the AJC at the time, “especially
when you’re with a team that long and you think you’re one of the guys that’s
going to be around and you’re going to end your career there. But that’s part of
the business. I know that’s how it goes.”
Among others reacting to Friday’s news on Twitter was former longtime Hawks public relations official Arthur Triche, who posted, “Difficult emotions right now. Thinking of the families…”
Blaylock’s twin sons, Daron and Zack, are safeties on the University of Kentucky football team.