DENVER - APRIL 29: Quinton Ross #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers is fouled by Earl Boykins #11 of the Denver Nuggets during Game four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the NBA Playoffs on April 29, 2006 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Former SMU and NBA basketball player Quinton Ross had to ease the fears of friends and family members after he was erroneously reported dead.
Ross lives near Dallas and was attending Monday night's NIT game between LSU and SMU.
He says he woke to a phone loaded with messages from people concerned about his well-being. He went online and found The New York Post had run a story identifying him as a man found dead and buried on a beach.
The newspaper later corrected the story.
The 32-year-old Ross says he called loved ones and posted on Facebook to "let everybody know I was OK."
He said: "I mean, it was a tough day, man. Mostly for my family and friends."
Ross played seven NBA seasons with five teams.