Jack Twyman, known for a Hall of Fame basketball career and his relationship with teammate Maurice Stokes, died Wednesday at a Cincinnati hospice as a result of complications from an aggressive form of blood cancer, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday.
He was 78.
Twyman is one of three players to have his number retired at the University of Cincinnati, where he was an All-American. He then played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Royals, first in Rochester, then in Cincinnati when the franchise moved there.
He was a six-time NBA All-Star and had a career average of 19.2 points. His best season was 1959-60, when he averaged 31.2 points. Twyman was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.
Twyman may be better known for his relationship with Stokes. He became Stokes' legal guardian to help Stokes get medical benefits after Stokes became a paraplegic as a result of a head injury sustained during the final game of the 1958 season.
Twyman organized an exhibition game with NBA players to raise money for Stokes, who died in 1970.
Twyman was also chairman and chief executive officer of Super Foods Service, Inc., from 1972-1997, and he became a member of the board of directors of Western & Southern Financial Group in 2002.