Former NBA All Star Dan Roundfield drowned in Aruba

Former NBA All Star Dan Roundfield drowned in Aruba

Postby Basketball Fan on Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:31 pm

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Former Hawks star Roundfield drowns in Aruba
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Former NBA All-Star Dan Roundfield has drowned off the Caribbean island of Aruba, police and a member of the athlete's family said Tuesday.

Roundfield and his wife were swimming off the southern tip of the island on Monday when they went beyond a protected reef area and got caught in rough water, said John Larmonie, a police spokesman for the police on the southern Caribbean island.

Roundfield, 59, managed to get his wife to some rocks where she was able to scramble to safety but he was then swept away in the current, Larmonie said. Search teams found his body about 90 minutes later trapped by rocks underwater.

''It's a real tragedy,'' he said. ''He drowned saving his wife.''

Julia Roundfield, a sister-in-law of the athlete, who lives in Detroit, said the family was still trying to get details of the incident.

''He was a real sweet guy,'' Julia Roundfield said. ''He really was a sweetheart.''

The player's wife, Bernie, was treated for shock after the incident.

A 6-foot-8 forward-center out of Detroit, Roundfield played for Central Michigan in college and started his pro career with Indiana, which was then in the ABA. He played in the NBA for 11 seasons - besides the Pacers, he also had stints with Atlanta, Detroit and Washington and averaged 15.2 point per game for his NBA career.

Roundfield was selected as an All-Star in 1980, 1981 and 1982, when he was playing for the Hawks.

The drowning occurred near a popular snorkeling spot known as ''Baby Beach,'' at the southeastern tip of the Dutch Caribbean island. The area just off the beach is generally considered safe but the water can become treacherous out beyond the reef in rough weather.

''It was a really bad day to go outside the reef,'' Larmonie said.

In August 2011, an American tourist, Gary Giordano of Gaithersburg, Maryland, reported that his companion, Robyn Gardner of Frederick, Maryland, disappeared while snorkeling in the same area. Police detained Giordano on suspicion of involvement in her death but he was released for lack of evidence and returned to the U.S.
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Re: Former NBA All Star Dan Roundfield drowned in Aruba

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:48 pm

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Re: Former NBA All Star Dan Roundfield drowned in Aruba

Postby Lakeshow24 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:59 pm

Rest in peace. He went out like a Warrior.
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Re: Former NBA All Star Dan Roundfield drowned in Aruba

Postby Rooscooter on Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:39 pm

Roundfield was a very underrated player of that era..... He as nothing but class as I remember.

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Re: Former NBA All Star Dan Roundfield drowned in Aruba

Postby Basketball Fan on Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:52 pm

This is soo sad


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Horrifying details of Dan Roundfield’s drowning come to light
Former Hawks All-Star Dan Roundfield drowned while attempting to save his wife in Aruba last year.

It was a tragic event, but details had been scarce. Roundfield obviously acted heroically, but a fuller picture would help people understand and remember what Roundfield did.

His widow, Bernie Roundfield, realized that and shared her story with Harvey Araton of The New York Times as a way of honoring Dan:

One possible explanation for what happened, Larmonie said, was that Bernie’s raft had moved too close to the invisible and sometimes shifting boundary while she relaxed.

Unable to reverse direction after her husband called to her, she cried out, “Danny, help me.”

He began to go after her. She saw him walking through chest-high water — not swimming — toward her. As the water heaved around her, she lost sight of him.

Nicole Brandt, a 43-year-old massage therapist, was visiting the island and was on an eight-person day tour. An avid swimmer, she had been in the water, wearing fins and a snorkeling mask. She heard someone calling out in distress.

“I saw a blue raft out there, and I thought, that’s got to be her,” Brandt said by telephone from her home in Austin, Tex. “There was no time to get help, no time to think. I pulled off the mask. I just started swimming as fast as I could. She was just about at the edge of being pulled out to sea.”

Brandt grabbed hold of the raft and began to back-kick in the direction of the beach. Even for someone in excellent physical condition, who swims miles each week, it was difficult and exhausting. The water felt rough even in the shallow area, where she could stand.

Bernie fell when she tried to get off the raft and walk the rest of the way in. Brandt wrapped an arm around her, and they crawled to the sand.

At this point, Bernie assumed Dan would be back on the beach. She thought he must have reversed course, gone for help and perhaps had sent Brandt out to get her. But he was nowhere in sight. While Bernie sat shivering, Brandt ran into a small restaurant to have the police called.

After a short while, the police called in a search team. It took 90 minutes for one of the divers — a teenage boy — to find Dan’s body, one leg pinned under rocks, miraculously held there from going out to sea.

Back in suburban Atlanta, Clyde Mitchell was watching ESPN when the news of his friend’s death broke that night. In disbelief, he called Bernie’s cellphone. She told him how Dan had died trying to save her. He could tell she was overwhelmed with grief, and perhaps guilt. She, in fact, had been treated for shock.

In the hours after the drowning, the coroner told Bernie that Dan’s death had to have happened quickly. There was no stress on his face. A bruise on his head suggested he had hit it on the rocks when engulfed by a wave.

I can’t even begin to comprehend what Bernie is feeling now, but I’m glad she told her story. Dan Roundfield deserves for everyone to understand what he did for his loved one. There’s a powerful lesson here.
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Re: Former NBA All Star Dan Roundfield drowned in Aruba

Postby therealdeal on Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:06 pm

What a tragic and romantic story.
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Re: Former NBA All Star Dan Roundfield drowned in Aruba

Postby Rooscooter on Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:49 pm

Reef breaks are not to be trifled with. Rip currents can cut you legs out from under you in a split second. I watched a similar tragedy play out in Maui 20 years ago. That one ended with everyone alive but the son of a mother pushed out to sea was paralyzed from the waist down from getting smashed into the reef when he tried to save her.

Roundfield was a very underrated PF.... And from the sound of it..... A great husband too.
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