Former Texas Star, Suns GM Lance Blanks Passes Away At The Age Of 56

Lance Blanks, a legendary University of Texas basketball player, and former Phoenix Suns general manager, died on Wednesday in Dallas at the age of 56.

His cause of de@th is yet to be determined as the results of several exams are still pending, according to TMZ Sports.

Blanks, a longtime fixture in the professional basketball industry, rose to prominence in college when he transferred from Virginia to Texas and became a star for the Longhorns in 1988-89 and 1989-90.

He was a member of the excellent “BMW” guard trio of himself, Travis Mays, and Joey Wright, who helped lead the program to an Elite Eight berth in 1990.

While at Texas, Blanks averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game and was put into the school’s Hall of Honor in 2007.

Former Texas Star, Suns GM Lance Blanks Passes Away

He was drafted in the first round of the 1990 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons and played in the league for three years before heading overseas for the rest of his career.

“Lance was a light for all those who knew him,” NBA executive vice president and head of basketball operations Joe Dumars, who played with Blanks in Detroit, said. “It’s been a privilege to have called him one of my closest friends. I’m eternally grateful for all the support he has shown me throughout the years.

“His legacy will be carried on, not only by his family, but by all those whose lives he touched for the better. You will be dearly missed, brother.”

After playing, blanks moved into the front office, serving as a scout for the San Antonio Spurs, an assistant general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the general manager in Phoenix. He held that position for the Suns from 2010 to 2013.

Blanks is survived by his mother, Clarice; brother, Sidney Jr.; Renee, the mother of his two daughters; Riley and Bryn, his daughters; and Isabel, his granddaughter.

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