Felton Spencer, a Louisville basketball legend and 12-year NBA veteran who completed his profession with the Knicks, died on Sunday, the varsity introduced.

He was 55. 

Spencer’s sister, Tammy Pollock, shared on Twitter that Spencer “handed away peacefully” on Sunday afternoon.

“Our beloved Felton Spencer – former @uofl basketball legend, retired 12 yr NBA veteran and sixth decide within the 1990 NBA draft, and former assistant faculty coach – handed away peacefully this afternoon,” Pollock wrote.

“It was befitting that he obtained wonderful care in his last hours from the suppliers on the College of Louisville Hospital, his Alma mater that he liked so dearly,” Pollock added in a separate tweet.

“Our household thanks them and everybody who participated in his care,” she mentioned.

“We’re happy with all he did on the courtroom and in his private life. He was a form, mild large whose bodily presence shall be sorely missed. Whereas we’re heartbroken, we’re comforted by your ideas and prayers.”

Louisville males’s basketball mentioned it’s “heartbroken” over the information in a tweet that paid tribute to Spencer.


Felton Spencer #50 of the New York Knicks stretches out on the courtroom earlier than the sport towards the Milwaukee Bucks on the Bradley Heart in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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“Spencer was the Cardinals’ all-time chief in profession discipline aim share, the sixth total decide within the 1990 NBA Draft, & a beloved member of the Louisville neighborhood. Our ideas & prayers are along with his family members.”

Former NBA participant Rex Chapman reminisced on his decades-long friendship with Spencer, which began of their native Kentucky.

“Felton Spencer was one of many sweetest, kindest, individuals I’ve ever recognized,” Chapman wrote. “Grew up in KY collectively & have recognized one another since age 15.

“Performed on the final Kentucky all-star workforce to brush Indiana collectively. Performed towards each other in faculty & the professionals. A tragic day.”

Spencer performed for the Timberwolves, Jazz, Magic, Warriors, Spurs and Knicks, averaging 5.2 factors and 5.4 rebounds per sport throughout 12 seasons.

“We bear in mind former Warriors heart Felton Spencer, who handed away right now on the age of 55,” the Warriors PR account tweeted.


Felton Spencer #50 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots a foul shot during a game against the Sacramento Kings circa 1991 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.
Felton Spencer #50 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots a foul shot throughout a sport towards the Sacramento Kings circa 1991 at Arco Area in Sacramento, California.
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“A local of Louisville, Kentucky, Felton performed three seasons with the Warriors (1996-99) throughout a 12-year NBA profession. Our condolences to his household and mates.”

Former Jazz assistant coach Gordon Chiesa, who coach Spencer from 1993-96, mentioned the veteran heart’s “humility and spirit enhanced” the workforce.

“I’m saddened by the passing of former Utah Jazz participant Felton Spencer,” Chiesa wrote. “I had the privilege to educate Felton from 1993-96, the place he was standout rebounder, inside defender and competitor. His humility and spirit enhanced our squad. U of Louisville proud, R.I.P. in hoop heaven!”

Derrick Coleman #44 of the Sixers drives against Warriors center Felton Spencer #50 on Dec. 27, 1997 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Derrick Coleman #44 of the Sixers drives towards Warriors heart Felton Spencer #50 on Dec. 27, 1997 at Oracle Area in Oakland, California.
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(L-R) Howard Eisely #10, Felton Spencer #55, Karl Malone #32 and Jeff Hornacek #14 of the Utah Jazz during a game against the Sacramento Kings circa 1996 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.
(L-R) Howard Eisely #10, Felton Spencer #55, Karl Malone #32 and Jeff Hornacek #14 of the Utah Jazz throughout a sport towards the Sacramento Kings circa 1996 at Arco Area in Sacramento, California.
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Knicks center Felton Spencer #50 attempts to block Corey Blount #40 of the Sixers at the First Union Center on March 24, 2002 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Knicks heart Felton Spencer #50 makes an attempt to dam Corey Blount #40 of the Sixers on the First Union Heart on March 24, 2002 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Spencer was a standout at Louisville, showing in 134 video games from 1986-90.

The 7-foot-3 huge man led the Cardinals to a few consecutive Metro Convention event wins and two Candy 16 appearances.

His profession field-goal share (62.8%) remains to be the Louisville program report right now.

Spencer, who was the sixth total decide within the 1990 NBA draft by the Timberwolves, spent his first three NBA seasons with Minnesota.

After two seasons with the Knicks, Spencer retired from the league in 2002, and labored as an assistant coach at Spalding College and Bellarmine College.