Pistons Mourn the Loss of a Beloved Colleague and Friend
The basketball community mourns the loss of Earl Cureton, a former player for the Detroit Pistons, who passed away at an undisclosed age. Cureton made significant contributions to the Pistons organization during his time with the team from 1983 to 1986.
Pistons chairman Tom Gores expressed his deep sadness in a statement, saying, “The Detroit Pistons organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Earl Cureton, a person who meant so much to the organization as a colleague, former player, community ambassador, and friend.” Gores also highlighted Cureton’s kindness, impact off the court, and dedication to improving the lives of Detroiters.
A Well-Traveled Career
Cureton’s basketball journey extended beyond his time with the Pistons. He also played for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, and Toronto Raptors. Additionally, he took his talents overseas to Italy, France, Venezuela, Mexico, and Argentina.
Furthermore, Cureton contributed to the basketball world as a coach in the NBA, the United Basketball League, and the Continental Basketball Association.
Celebrating a Remarkable Individual
Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas paid tribute to Cureton, remarking, “He was a tremendous teammate, tough competitor, a champion and a great human being. Earl always held the Detroit community close to his heart and worked tirelessly to make a difference for the city he loved. He will be greatly missed.”
Current head coach of the Detroit Pistons, Chauncey Billups, fondly remembered his former teammate, describing Cureton as a “beautiful dude.” Billups emphasized Cureton’s positive attitude, infectious laughter, and his ability to find joy even in challenging times.
A Loss Felt Throughout the Basketball Community
Earl Cureton’s unexpected passing has left a void in the hearts of his family, countless friends, teammates, and fans. The basketball community mourns the loss of a remarkable individual who made a significant impact both on and off the court.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.