"I guess heaven needed a power forward."

August, 28, 2007
8/28/07
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Eddie Griffin's funeral was today, in Pennsylvania. The Associated Press reports:

Griffin's sister, Marian Middleton, told the crowd to ignore stories that portrayed Griffin as troubled or spoiled, and that indicated there was anything suspicious about his death. Middleton said Griffin was excited about spending upcoming birthdays with his nieces and nephews and would never waste those opportunities because he loved his family.

"Everything you read, throw it in the trash, like he was so unhappy and it was all planned," she said.

[Former Seton Hall teammate Marcus] Toney-El remembered how Griffin told North Carolina he wouldn't commit to the school unless they were both recruited. Toney-El said that when the program had little interest in him, they became Pirates instead.

Kevin Garnett and John Lucas were among the mourners.
 

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