Friends: Andrew, Jeff, and I wanted to share this message from our league manager Seth Pollack on the loss of our friend and colleague Tim Allen of Canis Hoopus.

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Tim Allen. At this time, details surrounding his death are still unconfirmed and we urge everyone to respect the privacy of his family. The only thing that matters right now is the loss of our friend. We confirmed Tim's death with the proper authorities.

All of SB Nation is struck by this tragic loss including those of us who had a chance to meet Tim in person and those who only knew him through his great work here at Canis Hoopus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tim's family and friends as they mourn his passing.

We delayed publishing this news as long as we could out of respect to Tim's family. We wanted to given them as much time as possible to share this devastating news with those they needed to inform.

In the coming hours and days we will follow up with more information about donations in Tim's name and other details as appropriate.

On a personal note, as the NBA League Manager for SB Nation I had the pleasure of working with Tim and was able to spend some time with him in Las Vegas just a few weeks ago. I don't need to tell you what a great person he was and how much insight and pleasure he brought to our world. His departure leaves a giant hole in our lives.

The entire SB Nation family stands with this community and with Tim's family. We will do everything possible to honor his life and mourn his passing as best we can.

Before I left for Las Vegas to attend the NBA Summer League, I had a chance to email with Tim to discuss our upcoming trips to Vegas. We realized we wouldn’t get a chance to meet out there as he was arriving after I was departing. But Ross Martin and I got a chance to talk about the Timberwolves with Tim on our podcast and got a few minutes to chat with him before we started recording. He was a wealth of knowledge and a great and gracious guest.

You could tell that Tim was a bright guy and he had a good sense of humor, even though he probably heard my same Home Improvement joke too many times to count. It's always hard to lose somebody before they get a chance to fulfill their life's potential, our hearts go out to Tim's family and friends.