Former Portland Trail Blazers center Kevin Duckworth, a member of the Blazers' Western Conference championship teams in 1990 and 1992, passed away yesterday at the age of 44 while on a trip to the Oregon coast to host a free basketball clinic.
Duckworth represented the Blazers franchise in the NBA All-Star Game in 1989 and 1991, and apart from his career as a Blazer, also played for the Spurs, Bullets, Bucks and Clippers. He retired from the NBA in 1997.
His cause of death has yet to be determined.
"If I let myself get hung up on doing things that had any actual chance of success, I'd never do anything!"
The fans used to ride that guy hard. I was really pretty young in his heyday, but I remember feeling kind of bad for the way he was treated. Now I look back on it and realize it's no different than how I treat Curry or Randolph.
I would have figured him to be a bit older now, but 44 is way to young regardless.
On Thursday, the NBA released the starting lineups for the 58th annual All-Star Game (February 15, 2009 in Phoenix), and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard set an all-time vote record with 3.1 million people voting him into the All-Star Game. Huh.