- James Earl Ray (basketball)
James Ray (b.
27 July 1957) is an American former professional basketballplayer. After playing college basketball at Jacksonville University, he was drafted fifth overall by the Denver Nuggetsin the 1980 NBA Draft. He subsequently played three seasons for the team, appearing in 103 games and finishing with career averages of 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Moving to Europe, he went on to play professionally in Italy, Spainand Turkey.
2001, Ray was diagnosed with sarcoidosis. [ [http://www.nba.com/news/rayoflight_070501.html NBA.com: James E. Ray
A Ray of Light ] ] Due to his failing health and financial challenges, the
NBA's retired players association provided him support [ [http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/050207/spj_167008224.shtml Jacksonville.com ] ] . In 2008, Ray received a transplant, soon after receiving a diagnosis of having three months to live without one. The likelihood of receiving a transplant had been rated poorly, due to his need, at 6'9, of receiving lungs from a person taller than 6'5. [ [http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/061508/spf_290969987.shtml Jacksonville.com ] ]
[http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/rayja01.html James Ray career statistics]
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