NEW YORK (AP) - Longtime NBA scouting director Marty Blake 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.''
Blake is survived by his wife, Marcia, children, Eliot, Sarah and Ryan, and five grandchildren. Arrangements for services in the suburban Atlanta area are pending.

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