The Year in Sports: Pro Basketball

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R.I.P.: Armen Gilliam, Mike Mitchell and Tractor Traylor

The basketball world mourned the loss of three standout figures in 2011: UNLV stalwart Armen Gilliam, 47, who played for 13 years in the NBA; Robert “Tractor” Traylor, 34, a mammoth presence for the Michigan Wolverines and four NBA teams in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s; and All-Star forward Mike Mitchell, 55, who played for 10 years with the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs before logging another decade with European clubs.

(Photos: Reuters; Ron Kuntz Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images; AP Photo/Tom Pidgeon)

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