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“Trey’s a stat stuffer,” said coach Shonn Brown. They decided they’d leave it up to Bobby Phills’ wife, Kendall, and Phills’ family. “He had a way of making you feel like you were one of his best friends, when maybe you were just a friend,” Wesley said. The star of "Parks and Rec" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" was also mocked for his Christian faith. “I stopped in the middle of the street. That July, Wesley testified in the non-jury trial to decide the criminal charges against him. He watched Kendall experience such pride and sorrow at center court, and when she’d finished speaking, Henderson walked out to Kendall and embraced her. Woolard, an insurance adjuster and appraiser and native North Carolinian, had just finished inspecting one vehicle and was headed uptown to check out another. Dwayne Phills, brother of Bobby Phills, holds Bobby Phills' son Bobby III in front of his father's casket during Friday's memorial service. newsletter, High school soccer: American Fork and Davis win to set up rematch of 6A state championship, LA Dodgers fan, Utahn Scott Warner will be hosting some random fans at the World Series. “Bobby is gone,” Silas said. On the morning of January 12, 2000, the Hornets had just finished a morning shootaround. Dazed, Woolard gazed into the Porsche. “It’s not good.” Silas thought it over: “You know what, Bobby? He had everything. The two formed a fast friendship. Trey loved the game, but his mother could see him struggling with his confidence. The boy needed a nudge from his mother. … He really grew on the fans here. “From what I can see, he hasn’t moved or done anything.”. Here’s the story, Utah State basketball: Aggies ready to put ‘uneven year’ behind them, Utah football: JaTravis Broughton working hard to be starter at cornerback, Utah Utes RB TJ Green announces plan to transfer, AOC streamed a game of ‘Among Us’ on Twitch and it absolutely blew up, Letter: Even the earliest libertarians would’ve supported a mask mandate, Parents of 545 children separated at border can’t be found, Pope Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions, Two drivers killed in ‘nearly head-on’ crash in Millard County, Doctors urge Utah women not to delay mammograms because of the pandemic. He was every girl’s husband, every child’s father. There was no time to react before his Cutlass and the Porsche collided. “We just lost and he’s ready to go to swimming. His wife. Kendall finished her speech. “Perhaps Malik sent you to me because he knew you would be my rock in his absence.”, All the activity gave Kendall a sense of purpose and helped her survive the emotional toll of losing her husband, but there were moments when the sadness overwhelmed her. It will not happen again.”. It's the toughest thing I've ever gone through because we all love Bobby.". And as if the axle of a wheel suddenly gave way, everyone connected to Bobby Phills fell apart. The fans offered the family an extended ovation. The celebrities were far outnumbered by hundreds of people who remembered Phills growing up in Baton Rouge, going to school with them at Southern University Laboratory School or making spectacular plays in the arena where his coffin stood at midcourt. “I knew if I could just get on the court after it happened, that it would give me a moment’s peace, even if it was only five minutes,” Wesley said. “You stepped into my life on May 20, 2000, like an angel,” Lisa Sealy wrote in a note for an event marking the first anniversary of Bobby Phills’s death. Wesley remained with the franchise when the Hornets moved from Charlotte to New Orleans in 2002. I was on the phone with my wife at the time, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, Bobby just got in an accident.’ I turned around. (Charlotte’s game against the Knicks that night was also postponed.) Obsessing over everything that went wrong against Milwaukee wasn’t good for the team’s psyche. The older you get, the more you appreciate people like him. A minute passed. That boy he was speeding with, I don’t know what I would have done if I would have seen him. He’s got a life plan. Buzz Words. Miller went undrafted out of Purdue and played briefly in Italy before latching on with Charlotte. “Heck, I got angry. We never talked about it. “Once I opened that floodgate,” Wesley said, “I had to say it to that person and to the next person and the next person.”, Wesley’s performance suffered. “That was the one car he had always wanted.” Phills encountered teammate David Wesley, also driving a Porsche, less than a mile from the Charlotte Coliseum. I blamed him. I used to feel so bad about [Phills’s death], I used to wonder why couldn’t it have been some of the other guys I had. This gave Silas some hope, and he approached the car. “He was going to play ball again,” Jovanovic said recently. And his determination — he had a passion for what he did, and he said he wanted to be a veterinarian if basketball did not work out. Shooting is the easiest of the skills. I blamed his parents. Phills left Silas’s office. “Rob was in an accident,” she said. Trey looked up to Henderson; he says he has observed aspects of the swingman’s game that remind him of his father’s. He was far enough back to where I wasn’t even sure he was going to make the light, but he made the light.” Wesley said they both accelerated: “It couldn’t have been a mile, and that was kind of it. November 10, 2014. “He don’t have to play.”, But Phills insisted. He advised Phills to pursue professional basketball for a couple of years, and if it didn’t work out, to return to school. I blamed everybody. The following season, on the morning of Phills’s death, Silas fumed at his team. All Rights Reserved, Chris Pratt isn’t joining his fellow Avengers in a fundraiser for Joe Biden, and Twitter piled on. “Of course, when I found out who it was, I started doubting myself,” Woolard said. “So many people pointed the finger at David, but Bobby made the choice to drive at a high rate of speed,” Kendall said. She broke free. The owner is out here, she said to herself. “What you doing?” Dwayne asked. I don’t even know his name. It's the toughest thing I've ever gone through because we all love Bobby.''. The 3-year-old son of the Hornets guard, who died in a car crash Wednesday, leaned forward, raised his right hand and waved a final goodbye as Dwayne slipped a Bible into his older brother's coffin. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. But once Wesley had spoken about the crash, reporters kept asking him to relive the worst morning of his life. “I’ve got some bad news,” Dwayne told his father. Kendall walked onto the court, accompanied by Trey, Kerstie, and Brittany Dixon (Bobby’s daughter from a different relationship). “Basically, as soon as I got [to summer league], [Phills] threw me his practice stuff,” Davis recalled. I had some real jocks — they weren’t interested in anything but playing ball. Soon, David Jovanovic, the Charlotte Hornets’ equipment manager, placed Bobby Phills’s jersey in the bronze casket. The Milwaukee Bucks had pummeled Charlotte by 50 points two days earlier. A taxi minivan then rear-ended Woolard’s Oldsmobile. “Now take your shoes and socks off,” Jobe said, “[and then] put them back on just the way you took them off.” Phills did just that. And whenever he didn’t win he talked enough trash to make you think he won. When Wallace learned of Phills’s death, he thought back on their good times together. And I didn’t [do anything wrong]. The Milwaukee Bucks drafted Phills in the second round of the 1991 draft, but they cut him before the season. Phills said he had about six. Phills spent the bulk of his high school career in the paint, where he was often outsized but seldom outmuscled. Phills was killed instantly Wednesday morning when he lost control of his speeding Porsche and crashed head-on into another vehicle. Wesley had twice been charged with speeding in Mecklenburg County, which includes Charlotte. "I have a lot of good memories," Wesley said, his voice shaking. 'He's alive with his friends,' says his brother, Dwayne. Trey doesn’t remember speaking at his father’s memorial, but it comforts him to watch the video of it.


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