Former NBA center Dan Roundfield sacrificed his life on Monday for the woman he loved, as the “Atlanta Journal Constitution” has reported that he drowned off the coast of Aruba, after making sure his wife was safely on shore. The couple, were swimming on Monday, when according to authorities they went beyond the barriers of a protected reef. The current however was far too strong and they soon encountered problems swimming according to witnesses. Roundfield was able to get his wife on shore, but then the current pulled him back into treacherous waters, where his body was found about 45 minutes later, trapped between the rocks. A spokesman for the local police department, John Larmonie, told reporters “It’s a real tragedy. He drowned saving his wife.”
The 59-year-old, was a star for Central Michigan University and then started his pro career in the old ABA, as a member of the Indiana Pacers. His best years was as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, for whom he played for six seasons from 1978-1984. He was a member of Eastern Conference All-Star squad, for three straight years beginning in 1980, he also played for Detroit and Washington, during his 11-year professional career.
Former teammate with the Hawks Dominique Wilkins, who is a Vice-President of the franchise, released a statement through the club on Tuesday. He wrote “Danny was the most honest and upfront person I knew, and I’m very stunned at hearing the news of his death. Danny’s one of my closest friends and he was a tremendous influence on my NBA career, on and off the court. He taught me how to be a professional and took me under his wing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, I will truly miss him.”