Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington was granted a leave of absence from the team after his father was shot and killed in Philadelphia.
Wayne Ellington, Sr., 57, was found slumped inside his car Sunday in the city’s Germantown section. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Earlier that day, Ellington had sent a text message to his son, encouraging him.
“Ball hard! Get the first win tonight,” the father texted.
The Lakers won that game, 107-92, with Ellington contributing 9 points off the bench.
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