NBA’s Most Tragic Deaths
Bobby Phills spent time in the Continental Basketball Association, Spain and in the NBA, but he would sadly only have a 9-year career which was cut short on January 12th, 2000. As a member of the Hornets, Phills was killed in a car accident after he and teammate David Wesley were driving at speeds of over 75 mph, which police reports later deemed to be “erratic”. Phills’ Porsche spun out of control and crossed into oncoming traffic, causing a collision with two other cars. The two other drivers recovered, whilst Phills was pronounced dead at the scene. His jersey was retired by the Hornets, making him the first player to have his jersey retired by the franchise. In 2014, the newly-renamed Hornets re-hung his jersey at the Time Warner Cable Arena.