Paul Westphal, a well-known basketball player, head coach, and commentator, died on January 2, 2021. He was 70.
The legendary basketball star, who had been diagnosed with brain cancer back in August, passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona after months of battling with the disease.
Once the devastating news regarding the passing of the Hall of Fame player, a great number of names in the sports world flooded social media to pay homage to him. Jerry Colangelo, the former team owner, said in a statement:
“There may be just a handful of people who have as much influence and significance on the history of the Phoenix Suns. All he accomplished as a player and as a coach. Off the court, he was a gentleman, a family man, great moral character. He represented the Suns the way you want every player to represent your franchise.”
Phoenix Suns, the team of which Westphal served as head coach, released the following message via its verified Twitter account:
“Westy will not be immortalized for just playing basketball. He will be remembered for how he lived his life, and how he treated others. Rest In Peace, Westy.”
In addition to that, the manager partner of the team, Robert Sarver, also took to social media to lead a tribute to the late Basketball star. In his message, Sarver wrote:
“Throughout the past 40 years, Westy has remained a great friend of the organization and as a trusted sounding board and confidant for me. His number 44 will forever hold its place in our Ring of Honor, enshrined as one of the utmost deserving members.”
Hollywood actor Adam Sandler, who is best known for his comedic roles, sent a tribute through his verified Instagram account. As an ambitious fan of basketball, Sandler posted a photo of Westphal and added a caption that reads:
“Paul Westphal. Loved this man. Incredible basketball player. Incredible guy. All my love to his entire family.”
Westphal left his wife, Cindy, and two children behind.
Here is the Phoenix Suns’ tweet.
Westy will not be immortalized for just playing basketball. He will be remembered for how he lived his life, and how he treated others.
Rest In Peace, Westy 🙏
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) January 2, 2021