Eric Montross, the 51-year-old former North Carolina and NBA big man, has begun his treatment after being diagnosed with cancer. Although the family didn’t specify the nature of the cancer, it has confirmed through the school, and Montross’ family issued a statement on Saturday regarding his diagnosis. They expressed their gratitude towards the support they have received, saying that it is essential in beating cancer one day at a time. The family is dealing with the situation head-on, and they are all in this fight together.
Montross is a radio analyst for UNC game broadcasts and works for the Rams Club, UNC’s athletic department’s fundraising arm. He played for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, the then-New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, and Toronto Raptors in his eight-year NBA career.
Montross was a two-time Associated Press second-team All-American with the Tar Heels. He also played as the starting center on the late Dean Smith’s second NCAA championship squad in 1993. Montross was the ninth person overall to be chosen in the 1994 NBA draft.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Eric Montross and his family during this challenging time. Cancer is a difficult disease, and it affects not just the individual but loved ones as well. It’s good to see that the family is united in this challenging journey, and they have acknowledged the importance of having a strong support system. It’s essential to be there for our loved ones, whether it’s by simply being present or offering our help and support. That’s the best thing we can do for those fighting cancer.