On May 20th, 2000, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Sealy was leaving the birthday party of Kevin Garnett, who had just turned 24, when a drunk driver traveling on the wrong side of the road stuck Sealy’s SUV, killing Sealy at the age of 30. Though they only played one full season together, Garnett and Sealy were close friends — Garnett chose Sealy’s college number, #21, when he came into the league — and after Sealy’s death Garnett received a tattoo of Sealy’s name on his right arm. Garnett will now honor Sealy in Brooklyn by changing his jersey number from #5 to Sealy’s #2.
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And now more adversity has come to the group with which Doyle formed some of his fondest memories. An impossible-to-believe percentage of the saddest NBA-related stories of recent years have sprung from the roster of the 1996-97 Clippers. Malik Sealy was 30 when he was killed by a drunk driver while returning from Kevin Garnett’s birthday party in the early morning hours of May 20, 2000. Kevin Duckworth died of a heart attack at age 44 on Aug. 25, 2008. Rodney Rogers was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a Nov. 28, 2008, dirt-bike accident. Dwayne Schintzius fought leukemia and needed a bone-marrow transplant to fight his way back to become cancer-free, according to this recent report. And now Wright is gone.