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Eight years before, the San Francisco Warriors had selected Denise Long in the 1969 NBA Draft, but the league voided it. Therefore, when the Minter City, Miss., native was picked on June 10, 1977, she went into the history books as the first and only woman ever drafted by an NBA team. On Tuesday, Delta State announced that she died at 66. “We are deeply saddened to share the news that our angel, matriarch, sister, mother, grandmother, Olympic medalist, The Queen of Basketball, Lusia Harris has passed away unexpectedly today in Mississippi,” Harris-Stewart’s family said in a statement. “The recent months brought Ms. Harris great joy, including the news of the upcoming wedding of her youngest son and the outpouring of recognition received by a recent documentary that brought worldwide attention to her story.”
Storyline: Lusia Harris Death

The Celtics legend died Thursday night, and those who knew the 88-year-old remember him most for who he was off the court. “The greatness of the person. I don’t even think about him being a basketball player,” Cedric Maxwell told The Athletic on Friday. “I just think about him being such a great person, and you can’t say that about a lot of people. Sometimes you meet a great athlete and you’re like, ‘He was a great player and blah, blah, blah.’ But he was a great person, and that, to me, was more important.”
Storyline: Sam Jones Death
Though he didn’t get to meet Jones until his rookie year, Maxwell always admired how Jones paved the way for those coming out of North Carolina and loved to puff his chest out about what he achieved in the NBA. “He was fiercely prideful about what he did as a player and what he did in this league,” Maxwell said. “He’d talk about shooting the bank shot. He always made the point that he had more rings than Michael Jordan. Sam had 10 championship rings and he’d say how people would talk about (Bill) Russell, then they would always skip him and K.C. Jones and go right to Michael.”
Jones averaged 4.6 points per game his rookie season, but Auerbach liked his speed, intelligence and team-first approach. When Sharman was sidelined by injuries early in the 1960-61 season, Jones got his shot to start and became a fixture on the championship teams. “Sam was one of the great shooters of all time,” Auerbach once said.  “But he was team-oriented. All he wanted to do was win. … The great athletes, they played for pride.”