Robert Tractor Traylor Death: How Traylor Overcame Great Odds to Pursue Dream
Robert Tractor Traylor Found Dead in Puerto Rico
Robert Traylor, a seven-year NBA veteran and former No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft has been found dead in Puerto Rico, where he is still playing professional basketball, because of an apparent heart attack.
Traylor's team Vaqueros de Bayamon confirmed his death and cancelled Wednesday night's game in his memory, per ESPN.
As much as he is remembered for not being able to live up to the expectations of a high lottery pick in the NBA and being known as the guy that netted the Dallas Mavericks the rights to Dirk Nowitzki, Traylor was a man that overcame great odds to get to the NBA.
At 6'8" and 300 lbs during his college years, Traylor was widely viewed as too short and too overweight to succeed. But he was able to still make NBA scouts drool over his post moves and rebounding.
During his time in Michigan in the post-Fab 5 era, Robert Traylor made an immediate impact as a dominant presence in the low post with an array of skills that allowed him to score inside and overpower other players because of his size.
Although his college numbers never translated well into the bigger and more athletic NBA game, Traylor managed to play seven seasons in the league, toiling with the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Bobcats and New Orleans Hornets.
His NBA career abruptly ended after having heart surgery in 2005 and failing a physical with the New Jersey Nets.
Years later we discover that he is still pursuing the sport he loved to play and at 34 we lost him way too soon.
He may not have been the dominating post presence that many had envisioned when he left Michigan early for the draft. But the man was still able to accomplish a lot that in the short time he was around and that's what he should be remembered for.
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