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Ossie Schectman, the former New York Knicks guard who scored the league's first basket, died Tuesday, July 30. NBA Commissioner David Stern called Schectman a pioneer, "Playing for the New York Knickerbockers in the 1946-47 season, Ossie scored the league's first basket, which placed him permanently in the annals of NBA history.On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences go out to Ossie's family."Actress Eileen Brennan, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role as the exasperated drill captain in the movie "Private Benjamin," died Sunday, July 28, at her Burbank, California, home after a battle with bladder cancer. Actor Dennis Farina, a Chicago ex-cop whose tough-as-nails persona enlivened roles on either side of the law, died Monday, July 22. Above, Farina shoots a scene as Detective Joe Fontana in "Law & Order" in 2004.The actor, who played heartthrob Finn Hudson on "Glee," was 31 years old.
Band member Mark Mothersbaugh said in a statement that Myers' style on the drums helped define the band's early sound. Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.Ex-heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison died September 1, according to his former promoter Tony Holden. Morrison defeated George Foreman in 1993 for the World Boxing Organization's heavyweight title.He also won fame for his role in "Rocky V."British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, right, died in his home on the Isle of Wight on Friday, August 23.He lived abroad after being indicted in 1983 for tax evasion, false statements, racketeering and illegal trading with Iran, becoming one of the world's most famous white-collar criminals.Richard Matheson, an American science-fiction writer best known for his novel "I Am Legend," died June 23 at age 87.