Bobby Phills’ Family Speaks on Coping with Death of Former Hornets Guard

December 5th, 2016 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

Jan. 12 will mark 17 years since the death of former NBA guard Bobby Phills, who was killed in a three-car accident after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into oncoming traffic. 

In the latest episode of Beyond the Paint, which will air on NBA TV on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 11 p.m. ET, Phills' family and friends looked back on the tragedy while updating their family life more than a decade-and-a-half later.

"Tyvola Road was a road you would take to watch the 25,000 people crowded into that little coliseum to cheer on the Hornets. Then one day it changed to a place where a life was taken and so many lives were affected because of that one day," Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas said.

Phills played in the NBA for nine seasons, his first six with the Cleveland Cavaliers and last three with the Charlotte Hornets. He was a three-and-D wing more than a decade before that became a regular part of the NBA vernacular; he finished as a 39 percent shooter from three-point range and was named to the 1995-96 All-Defensive second team.

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