Former San Antonio Spurs star George The Iceman Gervin went
Feb. 28, 1989
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Former San Antonio Spurs star George ''The Iceman'' Gervin went to a hospital in a case investigated as an apparent drug overdose, the San Antonio Light reported Tuesday.
Methodist Hospital spokeswoman Barbara Williams on Tuesday confirmed that the 36-year-old Gervin was taken to the hospital by ambulance after 5 p.m. Saturday, but she could not elaborate on his treatment.
The newspaper said that according to a police report, Gervin told an officer who went to the hospital that he snorted what he ''thought was cocaine'' and later did not know what it was that he put up his nose.
Gervin also told the officer he ''did not want to commit suicide,'' the police report stated.
Gervin could not be reached for comment Monday by the newspaper and there was no answer at his home Tuesday.
But the newspaper said that sources close to the Gervin said he had been receiving drug counseling in Virginia and that he had completed the second stage of his treatment in September.
Spurs coach Larry Brown said he had tried to get Gervin out of retirement a month ago.
''They tell me you have got to hit rock bottom before they can make you better. Maybe this is what it's going to take for Ice to get straight,'' Brown said.
''I don't know, but I know he deserves to be better. People are going to look at this and think he's a bad person, but I think he is just a very sick person,'' Brown said.
Gervin averaged 26 points per game in his 10 NBA seasons and led the league in scoring four times.
Bob Bass, the Spurs' assistant to the chairman, who served as coach and general manager during Gervin's 12 years with the team, a former American Basketball Association franchise, said he knew nothing of the situation with Gervin.
Brown said he had hoped Gervin could help revive the team's dismal season.
''He was a Spur when they knew what it was like to win,'' Brown said. ''He could have helped us and helped the young kids with his class.''