Word spread quickly on Twitter late Wednesday night, and fans began sending congratulatory messages to Richmond.
Richmond played two seasons at K-State, averaging 20.7 points and six rebounds. Under then coach Lon Kruger, he guided the Wildcats to two NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Elite Eight in 1988. His jersey now hangs from the rafters at Bramlage Coliseum.
He was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1988 and was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1989. That was the start of a 14-year NBA career that saw him score 20,497 points, averaging more than 21 points for 10 consecutive seasons. He was the MVP of the NBA all-star game in 1995. He helped the Los Angeles Lakers win a championship in 2002.
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