Wednesday, July 6th 2011, 6:21 PM
The former Rebel star played for the Nets for three seasons from 1993-1996, appearing in all but four games during that stretch. He also played for the Suns, Hornets, 76ers, Bucks and Jazz and averaged 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game during his career from 1988-2000.
“Armen was a true professional who carried himself with class and dignity both on and off the court,” the Nets said in a statement.
Gilliam was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame and had his number 35 retired in 2007.
“There’s no question he’s one of the all-time greats,” said UNLV Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations and Communications Andy Grossman. “Any longtime Running Rebel fan remembers him playing here, how important he was to the program.”
In his final year at the university, he played on the 1987 Rebel team that reached the NCAA Final Four. That season, he was named Big West Conference Player of the Year and broke the UNLV records for most points and field goals in a season – records that still stand today. Following the 1986-87 season, he was selcted No. 2 overall by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA draft, behind David Robinson.
Gilliam’s coach at UNLV, Jerry Tarkanian, released a statement, saying, “He was such a gentle person and such a caring guy. I am all shook up over it.”
Armon Louis Gilliam was born on May 28th, 1964 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armen_Gilliam
May 28th, 1964
5 + 28 +1+9+6+4 = 53 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Having a warriot spirit.
May 28th, 1964
5 + 28 +2+0+1+1 = 37 = his personal year (from May 28th, 2011 to May 27th, 2012) = Heartfelt. A heart-centered leader.
37 year + 6 (June) = 43 = his personal month (from June 28th, 2011 to July 27th, 2011) = Playing a [basketball] game with friends.
43 month + 5 (5th of the month on Tuesday July 5th, 2011) = 48 = his personal day = Remembrance.
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