The Boston Celtics lost a former teammate early Friday morning as Justin Reed, 35, passed away from angiosarcoma, a form of spinal cancer. Reed was diagnosed with the rare condition just three months ago.
We are saddened by the passing of former C's player Justin Reed, who fought a courageous battle with cancer. Our hearts go out to his family pic.twitter.com/FsbRsCtoub
Reed was drafted by the Celtics in the 2nd round of the 2004 NBA draft. He played just one full season with the C's before being traded in the middle of his 2nd year in a deal with the Timberwolves that brought Wally Szczerbiak and Michael Olowokandi to Boston. After two years in Minnesota Reed was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he was subsequently waived, marking the end of his career in the NBA.
Reed's major accomplishments on the hardwood came in his collegiate career, where he played four years for Ole Miss. In his senior season he led the SEC in scoring. His former school remembers him as one of their all-time greats: