Horrible, horrible news to report. Cavs Alum Robert “Tractor” Traylor was found dead today (Wednesday May 11, 2011) apparently of a heart attack.
Tractor had a number of problems off the court, but was a fun player and person. He will be missed.
He was only 34 years old.
Former NBA player Robert “Tractor” Traylor was found dead Wednesday on bedroom floor of his oceanfront apartment in San Juan, Puerto Rico, police said.
Traylor had been missing for three days before friends went to visit him and found his body, according to police and Vaqueros de Bayamon, his team in Puerto Rico.
He apparently died from a heart attack, the team and police said.
Traylor was not active for Vaqueros, as he was rehabbing a heel injury. He underwent a surgical procedure on his heart in 2005.
Traylor, 34, was a McDonald’s All-American and played college basketball at Michigan. He was selected No. 6 overall in the 1998 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, who traded him to Milwaukee for the Bucks’ two first-round picks, Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity.
In seven seasons with the Bucks, Cavaliers and Hornets, he averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 438 career games.
The Vaqueros requested that Wednesday’s game against Indios de Mayaguez be canceled in memory of Traylor.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
What a year. Very different. Interesting and exciting at time. Frustrating at times, too.
Excited about the draft and to see what we look like next year.
I’ll have some ideas/comments about the changes coming to cavshistory.com later, but for now GO CAVS!
On Friday night, the Wine and Gold will celebrate “Joe Tait Appreciation Night” – honoring the legendary broadcaster and the “Voice of the Cavaliers.”
Before the Cavaliers matchup with the Bulls tips off, the great Tait will be immortalized when a banner commemorating the Hall of Famer’s prolific 39-year run is raised to the rafters – joining the organization’s all-time greats.
Along with calling Cavalier games for nearly four decades, Tait has been the voice of the WNBA’s Cleveland Rockers, Cleveland Crusaders hockey and was the TV voice of the Indians for 16 seasons. For the past 21 years, he’s been the voice of Mount Union football, one of the most dominant Division III programs in college athletics.
Prior to the 2010-11 season, Joe announced that he would retire at the campaign’s conclusion, but was sidelined in October with health problems. After undergoing successful cardiac surgery and rehabilitation, he made his eagerly-anticipated return on March 27 as the Cavaliers took on Atlanta.
On Friday’s Appreciation Night at The Q, video vignettes featuring Tait highlights and well wishes from friends, colleagues and fans will run throughout the evening. (And for more, don’t miss the premiere of “Have a Good Night Everybody” on Fox Sports Ohio after the Cavaliers-Wizards postgame show on Wednesday night.)
Through 39 years of winning, losing, change and upheaval, Joe Tait has been a constant in the Cavaliers ever-changing universe.