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.
I'd switch Utah and Sacramento, to have Denver and Utah in the same division and Phoenix and Sacramento in the same division, but other than that it looks right to me. EDIT: According to Chad Ford on ESPNInsider.com this is the most likely scenario: