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USBL Coach Denny Price Dies

July 8, 2000

ENID, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma Storm co-coach Denny Price, the father of former NBA star Mark Price and the Vancouver Grizzlies’ Brent Price, died Friday of a heart attack after becoming ill during a pickup game with his sons at a YMCA.

Price, 62, was athletic director for Phillips University for 12 years, coaching the men’s basketball team for seven years and the women’s team for more than two years. He was an assistant at Oklahoma and with the Phoenix Suns.

He joined the United States Basketball League’s Storm earlier this season as associate coach and became co-coach after Ron Ekker quit a day before the team was to open play in April.

Price watched his sons, Brent and Mark, play one series before deciding to join them. He made a pass to Mark Price for a 3-pointer and later to Brent Price for a jump shot, witnesses said.

``He couldn’t get his breath,″ said Ken Rapp, executive director of the Enid Family YMCA. ``He told me to wait a minute, and he fell on my shoulder.″

Rapp performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Price was pronounced dead at 1:57 p.m. at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid.

Price suffered a heart attack in the late 1980s while coaching at Phillips but came back to coach later that season after bypass surgery.

Mark Price played college basketball for Georgia Tech and spent nine of his 12 seasons in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Brent Price played at Oklahoma.

The funeral will be held Monday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid at 2 p.m., with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery, said the Rev. Don Tines, the staff minister at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

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