Zelmo Beaty, a dominating center who led the Utah Stars to the ABA championship in 1971, has died. Beaty had been battling cancer for four years. He passed away Saturday at the age of 73, according to the Atlanta Hawks, his first professional team.
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“He was a terrific player,” said former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, who played against Beaty as a member of the Chicago Bulls. “Zelmo was big and strong and nasty — the kind of guy you wanted on your team.” Sloan remembered playing the Hawks once during the 1968-69 season when a Beaty elbow cost Tom Boerwinkle, Chicago’s rookie center, “about 10 teeth.” Sloan laughed and said, “It was unintentional, I think. Welcome to the NBA.”