Former NBA player shot to death
Mar. 30, 1997
TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Anthony Roberts, who starred at Oral Roberts and later played in the NBA, was found shot to death early Saturday outside his Tulsa apartment, police said.
Police told Tulsa television station KJRH that Roberts, 42, was shot in the back during an argument with two men about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.
Authorities said they are searching for a suspect in the shooting but no arrests have been made.
Roberts played at Oral Roberts from 1973 thru 1977, averaging 21.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He is third on the Golden Eagles' career scoring list with 2,341 points.
Roberts set a state single-game scoring record with 66 points against North Carolina A&T on Feb. 19, 1977.
In his senior year, Roberts was the nation's second-leading scorer, averaging 34.0 points. He holds the NIT single-game scoring record with 65 points against Oregon on March 9, 1977.
Roberts was a first-round draft pick, chosen by the NBA by the Denver Nuggets in 1977, and played 2 1/2 seasons for the Nuggets before being released and moving to the Washington Bullets in 1981 for a brief stay. He left basketball soon after that.
Roberts' basketball career faded into a series of jobs with the Canadian Basketball Association and a half-season comeback with the Nuggets in 1984.
Rebecca Roberts said things were starting to look up for her husband after a series of temporary jobs.
``He was supposed to start work Monday at Job Corps, coaching those boys,'' she said. ``He was definitely a laugher and a joker. He was a happy boy.''
Roberts is survived by his wife, Rebecca; a son, Anthony Jr., 20; and a daughter, Shante, 14, all of Tulsa; his parents, Frankie and Porter Roberts Sr. of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a sister, Berniece Ogans of Tulsa; and a brother, Porter Roberts Jr.
Funeral services are pending with Jack's Funeral Home Chapel.