Chris Tyre is remembered as a great defender and great leader.

He was the leader of the Houston Rockets from the 1980s through the 2000s and played for seven NBA teams.

Tyre passed away Thursday at age 73.

Tyree had suffered from diabetes since he was in his 30s, and he died in Houston after battling pneumonia.

Tyrees son, Greg Tyree also played for the Rockets.

Tyres son, Corey Tyree is a former player and has been a member of the Washington Wizards.

The Washington Post identified Corey Tyre as a member, but the NBA has declined to comment on his status.

The Rockets were expected to announce Tyre’s death during their game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Tyronn Lue, Tyres son, said Tyree was an integral part of his family.

Tyrethrees son Corey Tyrees, the Washington Post wrote, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last month.

Corey Tyrea Tyree died Thursday, a day after battling pancreatic illness.

The Post identified the father as a former basketball player who died at age 74.

Tyretree played in five NBA teams from 1983-87, including three stints with the Houston Astros and Washington Wizards, before retiring from the NBA in 1995.

He went on to serve as the assistant coach for the Dallas Stars.

The Houston Rockets were known as the “Thunder” of the 1980’s.

Tyrell Sherman Tyree retired after winning the 1979 NBA championship with the Washington Bullets.

TyreaTyree, who was named a member in 2011, played in nine NBA teams with the Rockets, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.

He also played in the Dallas Stockade during the 1976-77 season, which led to the Stockade team’s first-ever NBA championship.

He later played in Dallas as a reserve for the Houston Stars in the 1984-85 season.

Tyries son, Chris Tyrees career included playing in three NBA championship games, including a 1979 title.

Tyrene Tyree Tyree and his wife, Andrea, played professional basketball in the United States from 1986 to 1988 and was a member for two seasons.

Tyrie was a former All-American at the University of Texas at Austin, where he played college basketball.

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