HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Pat Cummings, an original member of the Miami Heat and a former Knicks forward was found dead in a friend’s Greenwich Village apartment Tuesday afternoon, according to multiple reports. He was 55.
A standout at the University of Cincinnati, Cummings was a third-round Draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in 1978. He was later traded to the Mavericks and signed as a free agent with the Knicks in 1984.
A member of the inaugural Miami Heat in 1988-89, Cummings played 683 games over 12 seasons in his NBA career. He finished with averages of 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds, with his most prominent stint coming as a member of the Knicks’ frontcourt rotation with Patrick Ewing and Bill Cartwright from 1984-1988.
Cummings also played for the Jazz.
The details surrounding his death were still being investigated, per the New York Post:
The medical examiner will perform an autopsy today to determine the cause of death, though as of last night there were no signs of criminality.
Cummings’ girlfriend found him unconscious on a pullout couch. He later was pronounced dead at the scene.