Monday, November 30, 2015

Ex-president mourns passing of basketball star



Mark Fraser

 Former president of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago, Brian Manning, has offered his condolences to the family, friends and fans of former national player Devougn Lamont, who died suddenly last week of a heart attack after a training session with his professional club team in France.  

In a press release, Manning described Lamont as, “a dear friend and a player known for his positive attitude and irrefutable skill between the lines.”

The release added: “He was one of the more decorated international players Trinidad and Tobago has ever produced; with an outstanding professional career that has seen him play in France, Japan, Mexico, Venezuela and the United States. 

“He has been a prolific scorer and rebounder in every league he has played. Beyond basketball, Devougn was also a gentle and affable giant, who instantly bonded with his teammates and held a steady calm in times of adversity. I was fortunate to have witnessed his personal development into an elite athlete by setting high standards for himself and his fellow players.”

In 2010, T&T qualified for  the Centro Basket tournament (an Olympic qualifier for countries in Central America and the Caribbean) for the first time in almost 20 years and defeated  Puerto Rican national team, which featured several current and former NBA players.  Since then, T&T remain the only country in the English-speaking Caribbean to have ever defeated top 10, world-ranked opponents. 

Manning said, “Devougn’s efforts during this successful campaign played a huge role in this unprecedented and historic accomplishment, and he ended by saying hhat,”Devougn’s passing will certainly create a void in the hearts of his teammates, family, friends and the local basketball fraternity.”