Former Knick Eric Anderson suddenly passed away today at the age of 48. Anderson spent his collegiate years at the University of Indiana and was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1992 NCAA Tournament’s West Regional. Anderson was part of a team that reached the Final Four.
The Knicks signed Anderson in 1992 after everyone overlooked him in the draft. He played sparingly – 27 games – over the next two seasons and was the recipient of massive cheers when entering blowout games.
His main highlight in the NBA was being a part of an unexpected shoving match with Harold Ellis of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Anderson left the NBA in 1994. In 27 NBA games (all with the Knicks), Anderson scored 42 points, but remarkably was 2-2 from the three point arc. He played the 1994-95 season overseas in Spain and spent two seasons with the Fort Wayne Fury of the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association (CBA). The Fury were located in Indiana, where Anderson went to college and close to his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.