Former Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Sean Rooks has died on Tuesday at the age of 46. According to ESPN, Rooks has collapsed and died in a Philadelphia restaurant just hours after his interview for an assistant coaching job with the New York Knicks.
The Philadelphia 76ers have confirmed the news Tuesday evening and give no details on the cause of Rooks’ death. But celebrity news site TMZ reported that Rooks had suffered a heart attack during that time.
Rooks started his coaching career in 2007 and had worked with the Philadelphia 76ers’s coaching staff since 2014.
The former NBA center was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1992 NBA Draft. The former 76ers assistant coach has played for seven NBA teams from 1992 to 2004, averaging 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 749 career games.
Rooks has a 12-years NBA career, playing for the Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks
In addition to his NBA experience, Rooks had also good basketball career at the University of Arizona, averaging 16.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
In 2004 he retired from playing NBA and started moving into the coaching job. Rooks also worked as an assistant in the NBA Development League with the Bakersfield Jam, New Mexico Thunderbirds and Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Rooks had spent five years working with the Development League before landing an assistant coaching job for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014. Rooks also received an offer to become head coach of the Charlotte Hornets’ new NBA Development League affiliate.