NBA statement regarding the passing of Rick Bonnell

NEW YORK – The NBA issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Charlotte Observer NBA reporter Rick Bonnell:

“The NBA family is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Rick Bonnell, a devoted NBA reporter who began covering the Charlotte Hornets in their inaugural season more than 30 years ago.  He was an outstanding journalist who brought incredible enthusiasm to his job as a trusted expert on Hornets basketball and the NBA.  A former president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, Rick was among the most respected storytellers in the industry.  We extend our sincere condolences to Rick’s family, friends and colleagues.”