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Sam Lacey, 66, standout of NBA’s Kings franchise

Sam Lacey (right) in action for the Cincinnati Royals in 1971. He was known for his rebounding and shot blocking.
Sam Lacey (right) in action for the Cincinnati Royals in 1971. He was known for his rebounding and shot blocking.Associated Press

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SACRAMENTO — Sam Lacey, a former NBA All-Star center who spent most of his 13-year career with the Kansas City Kings, has died. He was 66.

The Sacramento Kings, where the franchise relocated in 1985, said they did not know the cause of death.

In a statement released through the team Wednesday, Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro called Mr. Lacey ‘‘one of the finest and longest-tenured players to ever don a Kings uniform.’’

He said: ‘‘Sam’s prolific legacy is evident throughout franchise lore, where he ranks first in games played, rebounds, blocks and steals. He was also known as a tireless worker and a wonderful teammate. He will be greatly missed and forever remembered for his contributions on the game of basketball and in life.’’

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