It’s August 2012, and ex-NBA star Dan Roundfield is enjoying a day at the beach with his family as they vacation on the Caribbean island of Aruba. Suddenly, though, tragedy strikes as his wife, Bernie, is dragged out into the ocean. And yet Roundfield nevertheless reacts immediately, making his way into the water in a valiant effort to save her.
Dan Roundfield hadn’t been just any basketball player. The 6’8” power forward had made the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star squad three times in the 1980s and been MAC player of the year in 1975. In fact, having picked up the sport as a teenager, he would go on to spend 12 years in the NBA.
Roundfield started at Indiana in 1975, and his talent took him not just around the States but to Europe as well, with stints at Washington, Detroit, Atlanta and even Italy’s Turin. And when he retired in 1988, he had scored an average of 15.2 points a game. Roundfield’s former Atlanta Hawks comrade Dominique Wilkins would later praise his teammate’s skills, telling The New York Times in 2013 that the power forward was “one of the most underrated players in the history of the league.”