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Reports: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:58 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 3:31 pm
 
Former NBA player Robert "Tractor" Traylor was reportedly found dead in Puerto Rico. Posted by Ben Golliver. robert-traylor

Robert "Tractor" Traylor, the No. 6 overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, was reportedly found dead in Puerto Rico, where he was playing for the Bayamon Cowboys. He was 34 years old.

ElNuevoDia.com reported that Traylor was "found dead in his apartment in Isla Verde" and had "presumably died of a massive heart attack." PrimeraHora.com also reported that Traylor was found dead. SNY.tv reported that Traylor was "found dead of a heart attack in his apartment."

The Bayamon Cowboys confirmed the passing on their official Facebook page. The message read: "The center of the Bayamon Cowboys, Robert "Tractor" Traylor, was found dead in his apartment in Isla Verde. The game tonight between Mayaguez and the Cowboys was suspended ....."

ESPNDeportes.com reported that Traylor "had been missing for three days before friends went to visit him and found his body" and said that an official cause of death "has yet to be determined."

Cleveland.com reported that Traylor underwent "corrective heart surgery" in 2006 because of an "enlarged aortic valve."

Traylor, a McDonald's All-American heavyweight forward who attended the University of Michigan, played seven seasons in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets. He is perhaps best known as the player who was traded for Dirk Nowitzki on draft night.

Traylor finished with career averages of 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game.

After his NBA career, Traylor played professional basketball in Turkey and Italy. He also made headlines in 2007 for pleading guilty to tax fraud charges in association with a drug dealer.

This post will be updated when additional information becomes available.

Update: The Milwaukee Bucks released the following statement.
The entire Milwaukee Bucks organization is saddened by the news of Robert Traylor’s death. Robert was a fierce competitor on the court who helped the Bucks reach the playoffs in each of his two seasons in Milwaukee (1998-2000). Off the court he was a gentle giant, displaying his smile and care, especially toward young people through his involvement in school visits and his work with the Special Olympics clinic. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. 
Comments

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Reports: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

Dirk wouldn't have played for them, that's why it happened.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Reports: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

What is a "Heavyweight Forward?" Mr. Goliver did you use that word because he was a big guy? Very unnessary and unprofessional on your part. The guy dies of a heart attcak and you insult his size....classy! GO BLUE!!!



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Reports: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

Sad, but he probably shouldn't have been playing ball given his obvious heart condition.  At least, he died doing what he loves.



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Reports: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

I followed "The Tractor" since his high school days at Murray Wright. RIP Big Bob!



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Reports: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

The Bucks were mighty impressed with Traylor's weight and performance at pre-draft workouts. The fans were getting a big-name player from big-name program for a European enigma nobody was sure would even sign in the NBA. The media called it "shrewd" and "just what the Bucks needed." Everyone on draft night thought the Bucks got the best of this deal.  This trade did cost the GM and head coach their jobs if that makes you feel any better.  It just took a couple of years to catch up to them.    




Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Reports: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

Loved watching this dude play college ball. 



Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Reports: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

sad. i remember him few years ago with the charlotte hornets. tractor traylor, think he was part of the team when they had masburn, wesley and baron davis. reminds me of big baby davis. RIP



Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Reports: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

RIP Tractor. Enjoyed your unique style and watching you play the game. From a fellow Michigander, thoughts and prayers go out to your family.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Reports: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

What happened with that trade was Nowitzki said he would not play in the NBA. The Mavs drafted behind the Bucks and wanted the Bucks to take him and trade him to the Mavs. They were going to take a chance on him changing his mind - which he did. The Bucks would not have drafted him if the deal were not in place.
Traylor could have been a Barkley type. I saw him play live several times. He would be unstoppable for three possessions, then he was too winded to get down the court. Great guy though.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Reports: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

Traded on draft night for Dirk Nowitzki.  The GM for Milwaukee should have been shot, after making that deal.  Can you imagine what a major difference Nowitzki would have made to the Milwaukee Bucks, had that trade not been made? 


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