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NBA, Adreian Payne dies at the age of 31: for him 4 seasons in the league

Former Celtics Jared Sullinger, his friend and college rival on the pitch, broke the news first. With the Michigan State Spartans jersey Payne had earned the 15th call to the 2014 Draft, from the Atlanta Hawks. According to the words of the sheriff of Orange Country in Florida, the death occurred following a shooting in the middle of the night.

Maybe not everyone remembers the name, but the news still causes a sensation and leaves a lot of bitterness, the same as any premature death: Adreian Payne – only 31 years, 4 seasons of militancy in the NBA – it has been found died. To bring him back first his friend (former rival in college days) Jared Sullingeralso with a career (even longer) in the NBA. Payne was chosen with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. In Georgia he had ended up playing only three games, being sold already in his first year at Minnesota. There he played 99 of the 107 races of his career, (4 points and 3 rebounds on averageoverall) while the last 5 games of the 2017-18 season were played with the jersey of the Orlando Magic.

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But it was in college – even before the NBA – that Payne had gained the greatest fame: how member of the Spartans was part of the team that in 2014 reached the Elite Eightlosing one step away from the Final Four against UConn, despite averages around 16 points and 7 rebounds in his senior year. After the NBA Payne had achieved further successes in Europe, especially at Panathinaikos (a national title and also the Greek cup) before closing his career with appearances in Lithuania and Qatar.

Causes of death: Payne was killed in a Florida shooting

Shortly after disclosing the news, a statement from the Florida police arrived to give further details of the incident, which partly explains the dynamics of the incident: Payne was shot in the middle of the night (around 1.30 local time) in Orlando, stopping breathing shortly after in a hospital not far from the scene of the accident. Lawrence Dority, a county sheriff in Florida, said law enforcement had already identified the culprit – arrested moments after the incident and arrested on first-degree murder charges.

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