NBA Veteran Robert Reid Passes Away at Age 68 Following Battle with Cancer

Robert Reid, a former NBA player who spent most of his 13-year career with the Rockets, has passed away at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer.

Reid was a small forward on the Rockets teams that made it to the NBA finals during the 1980-81 and 1985-86 seasons. He was known for his good defense skills against Larry Bird in the 1981 NBA Finals. Bird later wrote about Reid in his autobiography, “Drive,” noting that he scored eight points in both games in Houston in the series.

Reid’s NBA career lasted from 1977-91, during which he played for the Rockets, Hornets, Blazers, and briefly the 76ers. In 1982, Reid walked away from a $300,000 annual contract to devote his time to the Pentecostal church.

He later returned to the NBA the following year. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta tweeted his condolences, saying that he had known Reid for over 40 years and that his presence always brought joy and positivity to any room he entered.

Reid will be remembered for his contributions to the Rockets during his NBA career.

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