Mark Eaton Rumors
21 Dec 21
Marc J. Spears: The @hoophall announced eligible candidates for the Class of 2022, including Manu Ginobili, Tom Chambers and Lindsey Whalen, as well Chauncey Billups, Swin Cash, Ken Anderson, Muggsy Bogues, Mark Eaton, Michael Finley, Richard Hamilton, Tim Hardaway, Mark Jackson and Shawn Marion
The late NBA star Mark Eaton was honored posthumously today by top leaders of the nation’s largest veterans association. “Not everyone who is nominated for this award receives it,” Past National Commander of The American Legion John P. “Jake” Comer said during the presentation of the 2021 James V. Day “Good Guy” Award. “Many celebrities are accustomed to receiving lucrative appearance or speaking fees. We don’t offer that. I say this because those who accept this prestigious award truly have proven to be good people simply by putting veterans above financial gain.”
Thurl Bailey: Mark Eaton… My protector, my mentor, my friend, my brother. I’m devastated you’ve left us too soon. Thank you for what you left with me. Red heartFolded handsRight-facing fist
He leaves behind a legacy of kindness, a work ethic that so many admired and a man who made himself a basketball player from basically a lump of clay and then made himself into a visible businessman in the Utah community. Eaton was accessible, and could often be seen at games, just behind the Jazz bench. He consistently made himself available for autographs and pictures and random conversation. He was someone who treated everybody the same, no matter who that person happened to be.
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert, on Mark Eaton: “It’s tough. He’s someone I really appreciated. He was a great guy. I texted him a few days ago. … He had a great career, but he’s an even better person. Definitely gonna be missed.”