You have to hand it to Blackmediascoop.com. The one thing they know how to do is tease a story with their Tweets. When I saw them tweet that a former NBA star was found dead I was immediately hooked. I knew the chances were very good I would know who they were talking about. Especially given the young age. It was still tragic news though.
Robert Traylor, better known as "Tractor" Traylor, passed away due to a heart condition in his apartment in Puerto Rico. He was only 34-years-old.
I remember Traylor from watching him during his days as a Michigan Wolverine. The school was past its glory days of the Fab Five but he seemed to spark a new birth in the program. This cat was as big as a house and shouldn't have been as athletic as he was for his frame, but couldn't nobody tell him that. He was fun to watch because he did things you didn't expect from someone his size. Sort of like a young Charles Barkley before he slimmed down in his later playing years.
That's why it came as no surprise that he was such a high draft pick at #6 by the Dallas Mavericks in 1998. They were undoubtedly thinking the same thing seeing that he had such great potential. Maybe he was the next Barkley? Unfortunately, it didn't quite pan out the way for him. He bounced around the League before ultimately playing with his last team in 2005.
I always wondered what happened to Traylor since he seemed to drop off the grid. It was the same thing that happens to all of those NBA cats who want a second chance in the League. They end up going overseas to play elsewhere in hopes that their game will get honed enough to make a return to the big time. That's how Traylor ended up in Puerto Rico. It's just too bad that his heart had other plans.
Rest in peace, Big Fella.