Former NBA Player John ‘Hot Rod’ Williams Dies at 53

December 11th, 2015 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

Former Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks center John "Hot Rod" Williams died Friday from cancer, according to's Brian Windhorst, citing Williams' agent Mark Bartelstein. 

Williams, 53, had been in the intensive care unit of a hospital near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as recently as Wednesday after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to the Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto. 

Citing Bartelstein, Pluto noted Williams was diagnosed six months ago before the cancer spread aggressively. 

The Cavaliers released a statement honoring Williams:

The entire Cavaliers family is deeply saddened with the news of John "Hot Rod” Williams’ passing. Hot Rod was, first and foremost, a great teammate, and also the kind of dependable person and player that made the Cavaliers organization proud during his almost decade-long time with the team. Hot Rod was the guy that willingly and pridefully drew the toughest defensive assignment. He was the kind of talented, unselfish and versatile player and person that earned the respect of everyone around him, including h ...

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