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Guy Rodgers remembered as a great player, person

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LOS ANGELES — Al Attles remembered former Warriors roommate Guy Rodgers with admiration, both as a basketball player and a person.

Rodgers, a playmaking guard who twice led the NBA in assists and was a four-time All-Star, died Monday at Midway Hospital Medical Center. Rodgers, who was taken to the hospital after complaining of chest pain, was 65.

"Guy was a fantastic teammate, roommate and friend, and will be sorely, sorely missed," Attles, the Golden State Warriors' general manager, said Tuesday. "We spent a lot of time together during his playing career with the Warriors, including a time when we were roommates on the road.

"I really came to admire him as a person."

Bobby Ilich, a friend of Rodgers' who lives in Los Angeles, said, "He was the classiest man I have ever met. He always put everybody else ahead of himself."

Rodgers, a 6-footer, was a teammate of two of the game's great big men — Chamberlain with the Philadelphia Warriors, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the Milwaukee Bucks.

"He had an infectious smile and a pleasant demeanor that mixed well with other strong personalities we had on our teams during the early 1960s, including Wilt Chamberlain," Attles said. "Guy was simply someone you enjoyed being around."

Rodgers, a native of Los Angeles, was a two-time All-American at Temple and led the Owls to third-place finishes in the NCAA tournament in 1956 and 1958 and the NIT in 1957. In four college seasons, he averaged 19.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in 90 games.

He was a territorial draft pick by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1958 draft. He played for them for four years in Philadelphia, then moved with the team to San Francisco.

Overall, Rodgers averaged 11.7 points, 7.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 12 seasons.

He is survived by two sons, Tony and Mark, and a daughter, Nicole.