Nick Collisons death has caused a ripple effect throughout the basketball world, but also a wave of sadness and loss.
Collison was a father of five children, including one of his sons.
He was a member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and had played professionally in Spain for seven years, but left the game in 2011 due to an injury.
He also had a son, Austin Collison.
He passed away Friday in Athens, Georgia.
His death has triggered an outpouring of grief across the country, with tweets from people of all ages expressing their sadness and condolences.
The day he died, Collison posted on Instagram that he had a beautiful wife, two beautiful kids, a daughter and a brother.
He thanked his wife, his family and his fans for everything they had done for him.
The Georgia Tech product had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which causes inflammation in the pancreas.
He had spent a decade on the sidelines, but his career had taken off and he had recently moved into the NBA.
He won a national championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2014, and he is now the league’s all-time leading scorer.
He scored at least 15 points in seven straight games from Jan. 9-19, 2016, helping the Raptors reach the NBA Finals.
Collisons final season in Toronto ended in June, when he played in the Western Conference Finals.
The Raptors won the series, falling in five games to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Collinson scored 21 points in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, helping them capture their first NBA title since 1995.
He is remembered as a tough, competitive player and a beloved member of his hometown Athens.
His wife, Stephanie, who is also a basketball player, wrote on Instagram: Nick was such a sweet person and such a wonderful dad.
He always put the team first.
I’m so sad.
The whole world is hurting today.
We love you Nick.
I will always be a proud dad to our children and my son Austin.
This has been a tough day, but I am so proud of him.
He will be missed.
Collins death has been met with outpouring and grief across a wide swath of the NBA, including the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Washington Wizards.
The NBA Players Association has been flooded with messages of condolence and support from the public.
The Los Angeles Clippers have posted a video on their Instagram page, which reads: A heartfelt thank you to our @NBAPickboys for their love, support and prayers during this difficult time.
Please know we are so blessed to have had such a great family.
We will always have your support and love.
@NBapickboys, @jeffrey_lopez, @Derek_Garrett_, @matthew_taylor, @shannon_norton, @nflplayers, @samp_louisville, @nbaconline, @al_nash, @chicagotribune, @johnsonsportsworld and @mike_hogan_golf will all be participating in an NBA-wide postgame tribute on Thursday.
LeBron James, who won two NBA championships and two NBA Finals titles, posted a tweet saying, “The world lost a legend today.
Our prayers are with his family, teammates, and friends.”
Former Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons posted a message on Twitter, “Nick Collison passed away today at 39.
We’re all in shock.
Love you Nick.”
The former Chicago Bulls star Kevin Love tweeted: “Nick was an amazing dude, one of the nicest guys I ever met.
I’ll miss playing with him.
Love the whole fam.
Former New York Knicks center Amar’e Stoudemire wrote: “My heart goes out to his family.
I have loved him since day 1 and he will always remain in my thoughts and prayers.”
Former Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green tweeted: Nick Collisions passing away leaves a hole in our lives.
I am in shock and am praying for his family the best.
We all know Nick for how he was a great teammate, friend and teammate.
He touched so many people and had an unbelievable career.
RIP, Nick Collinson.
My heart goes to his families.
He’ll be missed dearly.
My thoughts and deepest condolences go out to all of his family & friends.
He’s a legend.
@JGreenNBA pic.twitter.com/sZWt1m1e1W — Carmelo Anthony (@CarmeloAnthony) March 26, 2021 The Dallas Mavericks released a statement on Twitter that said, “RIP Nick Collins.
A legend to the basketball community and a great friend to many. A true