George Irvine, American basketball player, Died at 69


George R. Irvine was born on February 1, 1948, and died on May 8, 2017.

He was an American professional basketball player and coach.

George stood at 6’6″, he was a forward.

He played collegiately at the University of Washington, where he was a first-team All-Pac-8 selection in 1970.

Irvine was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 8th round of the 1970 NBA Draft.

But, he never played for his hometown SuperSonics, nor for any other NBA team.

However, he had opted to play for the team that selected him in the American Basketball Association draft, the Virginia Squires.

He played for the Squires for five seasons and then played a final pro season with the Denver Nuggets during the 1975-76 season, the ABA’s final season prior to the ABA-NBA merger.

He would later serve as head coach for two NBA teams; the Indiana Pacers, for two stints, and the Detroit Pistons.

Irvine was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor during the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, March 10, 2012.

Irvine died following a long battle with cancer.

George Irvine passed away at 69 years old.