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Will Galen
10-20-2005, 04:34 AM

Hawks' Collier remembered
Teammates and coaches from the NBA, college and high school attend funeral

Associated Press
Jason Collier's family asked that his funeral service be a celebration of his life, but grieving Atlanta Hawks teammates, as well as former high school and college teammates and coaches, were still struggling Wednesday with the death of the 28-year-old center.

"Jason's untimely death has stunned us," former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins said. "He will always be with us in memory and soul."

Collier, who began his college career at Indiana University before transferring to Georgia Tech, played with Houston and Atlanta in a five-year NBA career that ended when he died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing at his home.

The Hawks arrived as a team and sat together during the service in Dunwoody, a north Atlanta suburb.

Among others attending were Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, former Hawks general manager Pete Babcock and current Hawks president Bernie Mullin.

Also attending the service were members of Collier's Springfield, Ohio, high school team, Hawks coach Mike Woodson and general manager Billy Knight.
According to Forsyth County Coroner Lauren McDonald III, the full autopsy report may not be complete for several weeks. A preliminary report may be released as early as this week.

Collier's agent, Richard Howell, says he has been told Collier may have had an enlarged heart.

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10-20-2005, 06:20 AM
Thinkin bout Jason makes me sad :sad:

MJ was gambling!?! never knew that... :hmm: