Former NBA player Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead
Robert Traylor plays against the Chicago Bulls in 1999.
May 11th, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Former NBA player Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

Robert "Tractor" Traylor, known for his size during the short time he played in the NBA, was found dead in his apartment in Puerto Rico where he had been playing basketball, according to the Bayamon Vaqueros team site.

Calling him "the strength of the Bayamón Vaqueros," the team said Traylor had not been seen for a few days and so they went to his apartment, where he was found dead.

Traylor, 34, is presumed to have died of a heart attack, according to Bayamon Vaqueros. The star struggled due to his size - but also heart problems when he tried to make it in the NBA. He had a heart operation in 2005.

Traylor, who attended the University of Michigan, was taken by the Dallas Mavericks as the sixth pick in the NBA draft in 1998 but was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dirk Nowitzki. (Some Michigan fans in the 1990s might remember him for other reasons.)

The 300-plus pound center joked about his weight in an old SI.com story, but he also acknowledged how it had kept him from being the style of player he wanted - though he did often try conditioning methods to get him in better shape.

His coach at Michigan, current San Diego State Coach Steve Fisher, said Wednesday that Traylor was "one of my favorite people and players that I have ever had the privilege of getting to know."

"Robert was someone who could light up a room with his smile. He was a gentle person but as fierce a competitor as there was," Fisher said. "I am very saddened to hear of his sudden and tragic departure. Robert was one of my favorite people for all the right reasons."

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Cesar

    Oh?

    May 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tyrone Biggums

    RIP Traylor. You were a great player at Michigan.

    May 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    I’m sick of the banasy getting on here and telling us how she is blessed with a wonderful family and spouting out personal nonsense. And this pollution with her gang of buddies is sickening. They need to go to a chatroom or start their own personal blogs.
    Banasy, you and your sista should go to the library and put books on the shelves. Do something useful for once. Txt or call your buddies. Just get off of these blogs.

    May 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Michael: So?

    May 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    I love how banasy gets on here and tells us how she is blessed with a wonderful family and telling us her stories. And the rapport with her gang of buddies is so fun to read. They should to do it more! Banasy, you and your sista sound like people I'd like to meet online. Do me a favor and tell me how to make friends. Txt or call your buddies and tell them I need friends! Don't ever get off of these blogs.

    May 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    I love banasy. I wish I had friends. Why don't I hve friends?

    May 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wolverine fan today

    RIP Tractor Taylor. You were known, lessons will be learned, and you will be missed.

    May 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @ Ohio State Fan: Shut up and kiss me.

    May 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    I’m serious about being sick of banasy getting on here and telling us how she is blessed with a wonderful family and spouting out personal nonsense. And this pollution with her gang of buddies is sickening. They need to go to a chatroom or start their own personal blogs.
    Banasy, you and your sista should go to the library and put books on the shelves. Do something useful for once. Txt or call your buddies. Just get off of these blogs.

    May 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kenneth jackson

    fu%k u

    May 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    @ the banasy, Id help ya in the stacks any time, my sista!

    May 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dee

    This is sad news

    May 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. junior

    RIP mr traylor

    May 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Traylor.

    How sad.

    OFT:
    Trust me, they'd NEVER let us work together, my sista! 😉

    May 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. N@tTurn3r

    Only 34 years old. Wow.

    May 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthBTold

      And, don't forget, "heart surgery" 6 years ago – again – wow! He'd yet to live. RIP!

      May 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
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