Former NBA All-Star guard Daron ‘‘Mookie’’ Blaylock was in critical condition at a hospital late Friday after his SUV crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a van in suburban Atlanta, fatally injuring a passenger in the van, police said.
Blaylock was driving in Jonesboro, Ga., Friday afternoon when he crashed and was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center, said Clayton County police spokesman Clarence Cox.
Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said late Friday that 43-year-old Monica Murphy, a passenger in the van, died just before 10 p.m. Allen said her husband, 41-year-old Frankie Murphy, sustained a broken ankle and was released from the hospital after undergoing treatment.
Blaylock was initially placed on life support at the hospital. But the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Blaylock’s condition improved Friday night and he was taken off of it.
Allen told WSB-TV in Atlanta that Blaylock has had ‘‘a history of seizures,’’ and police were trying to find out if a seizure may have led to the accident.
The 46-year-old Blaylock was a first-round draft pick by the New Jersey Nets out of Oklahoma in 1989. In 13 NBA seasons with New Jersey, Atlanta, and Golden State, he averaged 13.5 points and 6.2 assists.
Andersen suspended for hit
Chris Andersen was suspended by the NBA for his altercation with Tyler Hansbrough, leaving the Miami Heat without one of their best big men as they try to finish off the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 on Saturday.
Andersen knocked Hansbrough to the floor with 9:02 left in the second quarter Thursday, then shoved him backward after Hansbrough got up. Referees reviewed the play and upgraded it from a common foul to a flagrant 1.
Ujiri returning to Toronto
Masai Ujiri is leaving the Denver Nuggets to take over the basketball operations for the Toronto Raptors. A person with knowledge of the move said the NBA’s executive of the year has agreed to a deal with the Raptors. The 42-year-old Ujiri will be returning to Toronto, where he was the assistant GM for the Raptors for three seasons before leaving for the Nuggets in 2010 . . . The Bucks reached an agreement to hire former Atlanta coach Larry Drew as their head coach. Drew will replace interim coach Jim Boylan, who stepped in after the Bucks and Scott Skiles parted ways Jan. 8 . . . The Maloof family completed the sale of the Kings and Sleep Train Arena to a group led by TIBCO Software chairman Vivek Ranadive, officially transferring ownership of the NBA franchise.