October 15, 2013
The NBRPA offers condolences to the family of former NBA player Joe C. Meriweather, who passed away at the age of 59. A 6-foot-10 center/power forward, Meriweather was a first round pick of the Houston Rockets in 1975 and earned NBA All-Rookie honors in his first season with the Rockets, averaging 10.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks.
Meriweather went on to a 10-year NBA career with the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz, New York Knicks, and Kansas City Kings. For his career, Meriweather averaged 8.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks. Prior to being drafted, he played for the United States National Team during the 1974 FIBA World Championship, helping the Americans to a bronze medal.
Following his NBA career, Meriweather played three seasons overseas in Italy and Spain. After retiring, he served as the head women’s basketball coach at Park University in Parkville, Missouri from 1997 to 2010.