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Malik Sealy

Malik Sealy

American basketball player
Malik Sealy
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American basketball player
Was Athlete Basketball player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 1 February 1970, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Death 20 May 2000, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA (aged 30 years)
Star sign Aquarius
Stats
Height: 203 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Education
St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School
St. John's University
Sports Teams
Detroit Pistons
Minnesota Timberwolves
Los Angeles Clippers
Indiana Pacers
St. John's Red Storm men's basketball
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Malik Sealy (February 1, 1970 – May 20, 2000) was an American professional basketball player, active from 1992 until his death in an automobile accident at the age of 30. Sealy played eight seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Early life

A native of the Bronx, New York, Sealy was named after noted African-American social activist Malik Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X, for whom Sealy's father had been a bodyguard. In his senior year at Tolentine High School, Sealy, along with future collegians Brian Reese, and Adrian Autry, went 30-1 and won the state title. Sealy played college basketball at St. John's University, finishing his college career with 2,401 points, good for second all-time in St. John's history. Sealy was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 14th overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. He has a son who is an all American senior at Scottsdale Christian academy. His name is Erik Sealy

NBA career

Over the course of his NBA career, Sealy averaged 10.1 points per game in 23.8 minutes. As a rookie, he lost his playbook, which was turned over to WFAN radio personality Don Imus, whom Sealy contacted on the air in an attempt to have it returned. His final season's highlights included making a game-winning reverse putback shot at the buzzer against the Orlando Magic on December 27, 1999, which gave the Timberwolves a 107–105 road win. He also made a game-winning 3-pointer off the glass as time expired in a 101–100 Timberwolves win over the Indiana Pacers on January 17, 2000.

Acting career

Sealy was also an aspiring actor, and had a major role as the talented but selfish basketball player 'Stacey Patton' in the 1996 motion picture Eddie starring Whoopi Goldberg. He also made appearances on TV shows such as The Sentinel and Diagnosis: Murder. In addition to this, Sealy designed ties and clothing and owned "Malik Sealy XXI, Inc."

Death

Sealy was killed in St. Louis Park, Minnesota on May 20, 2000. He was driving home from a birthday celebration for teammate, and best friend Kevin Garnett in downtown Minneapolis when his sport utility vehicle was struck by a pickup truck traveling the wrong way down the highway. The truck was driven by 43-year-old Souksangouane Phengsene, who survived the accident with head and chest injuries. Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt. Phengsene's airbag deployed, but Sealy's SUV did not have one.

Blood tests indicated that at the time of the accident, Phengsene had been driving drunk; his blood alcohol content was 0.19%. The legal limit in Minnesota at the time was 0.1%. He pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular manslaughter, was given a four-year prison term, and was released from prison in 2003.

Sealy is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, alongside his idol, Malcolm X.

Legacy

In Sealy's honor, the Minnesota Timberwolves retired his #2 jersey. Kevin Garnett also paid a tribute to him, having written "2MALIK" in the inside of the tongue on the Adidas Garnett 3 shoes. Garnett has a tattoo honoring Sealy's name on his right arm. Upon being traded from the Boston Celtics to the Brooklyn Nets in July 2013, Garnett changed his uniform number to #2 in honor of Sealy. In his homecoming to Minnesota on February 25, 2015, Kevin Garnett wore a #2 sweatband on his left forearm in memory of his best friend.

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http://stats.nba.com/playerProfile.html?PlayerID=907
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/news/2000/05/20/sealy_ap/
https://www.nytimes.com/1993/05/01/sports/sports-of-the-times-imus-scores-on-turnover-by-sealy.html
http://static.espn.go.com/nba/news/2000/0520/541964.html
http://www.startribune.com/local/17194641.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20090224090656/http://www.startribune.com/local/17194641.html
http://ferncliffcemetery.com/visit-ferncliff/celebrities-notables/
http://www.insidehoops.com/nba-retired-numbers.shtml
http://www.oocities.org/garnetttribute/profile.html
http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/brooklyn-nets/post/_/id/11811/kevin-garnett-to-wear-no-2-to-honor-malik-sealy
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/sealyma01.html
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0780579/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5747866
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