Marty Blake dies at 86

Updated: April 7, 2013, 10:19 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Marty Blake, the NBA's longtime director of scouting, died Sunday. He was 86.

Blake worked in the NBA for more than 50 years and is considered the "Godfather of scouting." The NBA said Blake died in Alpharetta, Ga., but didn't provide a cause of death.

Blake was general manager of the Hawks franchise before spending more than 35 years as the league's director of scouting. Commissioner David Stern said the NBA would "forever be indebted to him."

"Marty began his lifetime ...

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