Cummings’s best season in the N.B.A. Pat Cummings, who played with five NBA teams over a 12-year career after being selected Metro Conference Player of the Year at Cincinnati, was found dead in a New York apartment, according to police. He was 55. veteran Pat Cummings, who had a 12-year career playing for the Kincks and four other teams, was found dead on Wednesday in a New York City apartment. While with the Heat, Cummings memorably moved into the Clevelander hotel, an Art Deco icon, to better avail himself of the fun of South Beach. “It was perfect. He was a slender, 6 foot 9 power forward/center, who had a strong shooting touch, still played in short-shorts, and had carefree spirit to match. “Pat was obviously a great shooter and made a big impact as one of the best players in the history of our program,” Cincinnati Coach Mick Cronin said in a statement on the school’s Web site.