Former NBA player Sam Lacey dies at 66
SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Sam Lacey, a former NBA All-Star center who spent most of his 13-year career with the Kansas City Kings, has died. He was 66.
The Sacramento Kings, where the franchise relocated in 1985, said they did not know the cause of death.
In a statement released through the team Wednesday, Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro called Lacey “one of the finest and longest-tenured players to ever don a Kings uniform.”
Lacey was drafted fifth overall by the Cincinnati Royals in 1970 after a stellar career at New Mexico State. The franchise became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972-73, and later just the Kansas City Kings before the 1975-76 season.
Lacey made his only All-Star appearance in 1975.