Former NBA player Clifford Rozier dies at 45

By Vincent Frank

In some sad news around the basketball world, former Golden State Warriors first-round pick and four-year NBA veteran Clifford Rozier has passed away at the age of 45.

The news comes to us via TMZ Sports and was confirmed by Rozier’s brother, who noted that the young man went into cardiac arrest earlier in the week.

“We spoke to Kobie Rozier — who told us the former Louisville standout went into cardiac arrest two days ago and was put on life support. Kobie says Cliff passed away Friday morning in Florida,” the report noted.

A first-round pick of the Golden State Warriors back in 1994, Rozier’s NBA career never really panned out. He started a grand total of 64 games in four seasons, averaging 4.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per outing.

A star at Louisville, Rozier was in the same draft class as Jason Kidd and Grant Hill. He also joined those two as a consensus First-Team All-American in 1994.

Our thoughts go out to Rozier’s entire family and those close to the man. He certainly left this world too early.