Marc J. Spears: Sixers coach Brett Brown statement on t…

Marc J. Spears: Sixers coach Brett Brown statement on the passing of Sean Rooks. The following is a statement from Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown, who is currently in Istanbul, Turkey, regarding the untimely passing of Sean Rooks: “I learned of this tragic news in the early morning hours last night. Sean Rooks was a wonderful person with a kind soul who deserved to live longer than he did. Sean was with me for two years and helped our young players and coaching staff by sharing his experiences in such an endearing way.

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Brett Brown on Sean Rooks: "It was exciting for me to sit with him recently and see the enthusiasm he had while preparing to interview for the Head Coach position with an NBA D-League team. We would role-play, ask each other different questions, and when he left I felt like he had a real chance to make a significant advancement in his own coaching career.
Ish Smith was taking a nap after a training session when he woke up to find his phone illuminating with calls and text messages. He tried to digest the news he was receiving, yet it seemed unreal. Sixers player development coach Sean Rooks had died at only 46 years old (see story). "From the basketball standpoint, everybody knew how great he was,” Smith told CSNPhilly.com Tuesday evening. “But as a person, Coach Rooks was unbelievable. He was special."
Rooks also let it be known to the young Sixers squad that he still had game. More than 12 years since his last NBA game, he often had shooting competitions with other members of the coaching staff and showcased his skills. “When I heard about it, it was shocking because he used to always get out there and play and shoot with us,” Smith said. “He’d always say, ‘This is what a real shooting four is.’ And he could stroke it."
David West: Sad to hear of the passing of Sean Rooks!!! Truly a great dude, always a kind word!!!Peace to his family and all who new him!!
Mark Cuban: RIP Sean Rooks. You made plane rides my first year fun. Can't believe we talked just a few weeks ago. You will be missed Wookie.
Tony Wroten: Man RIP coach Sean Rooks. I Can't believe it. A great coach and an even better person off the court. Prayers go out to him and his family.
Marcus Morris: Prayers up to Sean Rooks and his family. Heard nothing but great things about him. R.i.p
Chris Mannix: The Sixers confirm the passing of former assistant coach Sean Rooks. No cause of death given. Rooks, a 12-year NBA veteran, was 46.
Hours after interviewing for an assistant coaching job with the New York Knicks on Tuesday, former NBA center Sean Rooks collapsed and died in a Philadelphia restaurant. Rooks, considered a warm and engaging gentleman within the basketball community, had been a player-development coach for the past two years with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Rooks, 46, had traveled to New York and back again on the train Tuesday, meeting with Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, general manager Steve Mills and president Phil Jackson about becoming an assistant coach. Rooks and Knicks officials had departed the meeting enthusiastic that Rooks might join Hornacek’s staff and that an agreement could be reached soon, league sources said.
Marc J. Spears: Sean Rooks was a gentle giant who always greeted me with warmth. He was on the verge of being hired as Hornets' D-League coach, sources said.
Bob Cooney: Hearing word of death of Sixers assistant Sean Rooks. Great guy. Could talk hoops with him all day. Keep family in your prayers, please.
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