Ex-NBA Player Robert Traylor Dead at 34
The lifeless body of former NBA player Robert “Tractor” Traylor was found Wednesday in his apartment in Puerto Rico, where he had been playing for a professional basketball team since last year, police said. He was 34.
Traylor, whose wide body earned him the moniker “Tractor,” was reportedly found on the bedroom floor of his apartment in the Puerto Rican city of San Juan. Police said the former University of Michigan star apparently died of heart attack. Traylor had been missing for a few days before his body was found. The Bayamon Cowboys, Traylor’s team in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional, said the player had been talking to his wife when the connection was cut off. The wife reportedly told team officials, who then went to check on Traylor.
Traylor was picked sixth overall by the Dallas Mavericks during the 1998 draft, but was later traded for a then-unknown German named Dirk Nowitzki, who was selected ninth by the Milwaukee Bucks. Traylor played in the NBA until the 2004-2005 season. Aside from the Bucks, he also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers (twice), and the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets.