Eddie Griffin, formerly of the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves, died last week in a horrific crash into an oncoming train. Driving at 1:30 in the morning last Friday, Griffin’s car was engulfed in flames and it took local authorities a full week to find out that it was Griffin. Dental records were used to identify the former NBA player, who played one year in college at Seton Hall University.
Griffin was the #7 pick in the 2001 NBA Draft and had battled alcohol problems throughout his brief career; he also had been suspended for violating the league’s anti-drug program.
“Eddie Griffin is someone who was never a super loud or boisterous guy in the locker room, but he was someone who everyone loved in the locker room,” former teammate Mark Madsen said. “When he was doing well on the court we were all so happy for him. And when he was struggling, we were all struggling right there with him.”
Griffin averaged 7.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.71 blocks in his NBA career.