View Full Version : Former Heat player Alec Kessler, 40, dies

10-17-2007, 11:43 PM
Alec Kessler, a former Miami heat player, died on Monday of an apparent heart attack.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Alec Kessler, a Georgia (http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/team/71688) basketball star who played four seasons for the Miami (http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/team/71747) Heat before becoming an orthopedic surgeon, died after collapsing during a pickup game. He was 40.

He appeared to have had a heart attack Saturday in Pensacola, Fla., and was pronounced dead a short time later at Gulf Breeze Hospital, the university said Sunday.

Kessler, 6-foot-11, was the captain of Georgia (http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/team/71688)'s 1990 Southeastern Conference championship team and became a first-round NBA draft pick.
When Kessler enrolled at Georgia (http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/team/71688) in 1985, he was a little-known recruit with few offers from Division I schools. After a redshirt season, he spent one year as a backup before blossoming for the Bulldogs.

During his senior season, Georgia (http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/team/71688) won its only SEC basketball title. In his last college game, Kessler became the Bulldogs' career scoring leader with 1,788 points, a mark surpassed the following year by Litterial Green. .moreTeamsDiv { position:relative; float:right; padding-right:10px;}.moreTeamsHdr { background-image:url(/fe/img/Story/moreTeamsOn_header.gif); background-repeat:repeat-x; background-position:top; height:35px; color:#000000; font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:12px; padding-top:4px; padding-left:4px; font-weight:bold;}.moreTeamsLinks a:link, .moreTeamsLinks a:visited { color:#1266a4; text-decoration:none; padding-top:4px; padding-left:4px; padding-right:4px; padding-bottom:4px;}.moreTeamsLinks a:hover { text-decoration:underline;}.moreTeamLinks { font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-decoration:none;}.storyPoll { padding-bottom: 5px; float:right;}

Kessler was drafted No. 12 overall by the Houston (http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/team/71622) Rockets, who promptly traded him to Miami (http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/team/71747). During his time with the Heat, he averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. After leaving the NBA he began a career in medicine.

"The thing I remember with Alec was he was so absorbed with his future," Heat trainer Ron Culp told the South Florida (http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/team/71618) Sun-Sentinel. "He always sat in the back of the airplane and the entire plane would be darkened except for Alec, and he would always be reading his medical books."

"It didn't matter if he had played that night," Culp added. "And he would always be coming in the training room and questioning the training staff and medical staff and our doctors."

Kessler was an orthopedic surgeon in Pensacola. He graduated from Georgia (http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/team/71688) with a microbiology degree and from the Emory School of Medicine in 1999.
Kessler, whose brother Chad played at Georgia (http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/team/71688) from 1984-87, is survived by his wife, Rhea, and sons Nicholas and Christopher.

10-18-2007, 12:14 AM
WOW now that was an athelete with a head on his shoulders. Hate to see people who did something like that with thier lives die soo young!

10-20-2007, 12:00 AM
I was looking at my cards the other day, and I found some Alec Kessler cards, including some 1992 (??) Topps Gold cards....I think I have about 10 different cards of his.

It really is too bad that his life ended so early....he shouldn't have even lived half his life yet.