DENVER - FEBRUARY 15: Denver Nuggets Legend Fatty Taylor teaches basketball skills to Jr. NBA/WNBA kids at Glenarm Recreation Center on February 15, 2005 in Denver, Colorado.
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Former Nugget Roland 'Fatty' Taylor Passes Away at 71

by Christopher Dempsey
Nuggets Insider
@chrisadempsey

Former Denver Rockets and Denver Nuggets standout guard, Roland “Fatty” Taylor, died on Thursday morning, according to social media posts from family and friends. He was 71 years old. Taylor had been battling cancer since 2000.

Taylor played for the Rockets in 1974-75 and then for the Nuggets in 1976-77. While with the Rockets, he led the team in steals with 172. His two stints with Denver franchises were part of an overall eight-year career that was spent mostly in the ABA. His one year with the Nuggets was the only season he played in the NBA.

Taylor was known as a defensive stalwart. He was named to the ABA’s All-Defensive first team in 1973 and in 1974.

A couple of Denver basketball legends took time remember Taylor on Twitter.

A message attributed to David Thompson also appeared on Twitter and said, “'Fatty Taylor passed this morning and is at home with The Lord!' may he rest in peace”

In 2010, Nuggets.com wrote an extensive feature on Taylor’s battle with cancer. That can be found here

Christopher Dempsey: christopher.dempsey@altitude.tv and @chrisadempsey on Twitter.

Visitation Service

When Friday, December 15th, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church

Address 1500 S. Dayton Street

Denver, CO

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