Former Blazer Herm Gilliam dies at 58

Updated: April 18, 2005, 1:47 AM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Herm Gilliam, a guard on the Portland Trail Blazers' only championship team, died Saturday. He was 58.

Gilliam lived in Portland, the team said. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Gilliam played eight seasons in the NBA, averaging 10.8 points and 3.8 assists a game.

He played for Cincinnati, Buffalo, Atlanta and Seattle before spending his final season, 1976-77, with the Trail Blazers. Portland beat Philadelphia in six games that year to claim the NBA title.

Gilliam was the Cincinnati Royals' first-round draft pick, eighth overall, out of Purdue in 1969. He had seven points and 11 rebounds in the Boilermakers' 92-72 loss to UCLA in the 1969 NCAA championship game.

The Blazers held a moment of silence for Gilliam before Sunday night's 100-82 victory over the Utah Jazz.

Further details were not immediately known.

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