Suns executive Van Arsdale suffers stroke

Updated: November 21, 2005, 3:34 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Suns executive Dick Van Arsdale, the first player chosen by Phoenix in the 1968 NBA expansion draft, had a stroke during the weekend, the Suns said Monday.

Van Arsdale, 62, was at his home when he was stricken Saturday.

"He is resting comfortably, and we hope for a full recovery," the team said in a statement.

Known as "The Original Sun," Van Arsdale scored Phoenix's first basket in the opener against Seattle on Oct. 18, 1968. A three-year veteran from the New York Knicks, Van Arsdale stayed with the new franchise the rest of his career, scoring 12,060 points in nine seasons with the Suns and 15,079 overall.

He spent 15 years as the team's color analyst, taking a break to coach the final 26 games of the 1986-87 season after the firing of coach John MacLeod, and became a vice president of player personnel in 1992.

Van Arsdale was promoted to senior executive vice president in 2004.


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