Blazers uniform, but to people who knew him, he'll be remembered Nike Zoom Hyperrev as one of the warmest and biggest hearted," said team President Larry Miller.
He was on a Trail Blazers goodwill tour and was scheduled to hold a basketball clinic on the Oregon coast when he died Monday night. to a report of a man who was down and not breathing at Salishan Lodge at Gleneden Beach, north of Newport on the central coast.
Former Blazers broadcaster Bill Schonley recalled Duckworth as a "gentle giant" and an affectionate man who loved to hug people.
Twice, he appeared in All Star games, and twice the team won the Western Conference title.
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"Kevin didn't do boat sales for the money," Webb said. "He just needed something to do . He was so kind to people. I think he was a very good person, and I think the city is going to miss him."
Kevin Duckworth, 44, a two time NBA All Star who starred on Western Conference Championship teams in Portland in 1990 and 1992, passed away Monday evening in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.
Duckworth remained in the Portland area after his playing career ended, where he was an avid fisherman outdoorsman, and a skilled carpenter. He was on the Oregon Coast representing the Trail Blazers as a Heritage Ambassador on the team's 19 city Statewide Summer Tour.
Eastern Illinois coach Rick Samuels, recalling that Duckworth fouled out quickly in his first collegiate game.
Larry Webb, the owner of Royal Marine Yacht Sales in Portland, said he met Duckworth years ago shopping for boats, and Duckworth eventually worked in sales for him for about a year in 2006.
A member of the Trail Blazers from 1986 93, the 7 footer affectionately known to Trail Blazers fans simply as "Duck" also played for San Antonio, Washington, Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Clippers during his 11 year NBA career.
"Today is an extremely sad day for the Trail Blazers family," Trail Blazers President Larry Miller said. "Kevin will be remembered by fans as one of the most popular and recognizable players to ever wear the Blazers uniform, but to people who knew him, he'll be remembered as one of the warmest and biggest hearted."
season later, the 7 foot center was thrust into the spotlight because of injuries to Steve Johnson and Sam Bowie. Duckworth responded by averaging 15.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, establishing himself as a pivot presence instrumental in Portland's emergence as one of the NBA's dominant teams.
Former Blazer Kevin Duckworth
The cause of his death is unknown, and will be determined by a Lincoln County Medical Examiner.
Duckworth remains the 10th leading scorer (7,188) and rebounder (3,327) in Trail Blazers history, compiling averages of 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 527 games with Portland. During his tenure, Trail Blazers teams compiled a record of 356 193 (.648). In 684 career NBA games, Duckworth scored 8,085 points (11.8 ppg), grabbed 3,945 rebounds (5.8 rpg) and shot 46.8 percent from the field.
The team said the cause of his death would be determined by a medical examiner.
In 11 NBA seasons, he averaged 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Duckworth played at Thornridge High School on Chicago's South Side before entering Eastern Illinois in 1983, said former Nike Zoom Rookie On Feet
Tuesday morning, the Trail Blazers sent out this press release:
Later, his potential emerged in a game featuring another future NBA center, Samuels said.
"During the midpoint of the season we played at Missouri, and Kevin matched up against Steve Stipanovich," Samuels said. "Kevin finished that game with a double double, and it was at that point that I think he realized he might have a future in basketball."
LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) _ Former Portland Trail Blazers center Kevin Duckworth, a "gentle giant" with a feathery touch from the paint, has died at 44.
Duckworth played seven years for the Blazers, along with the likes of Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Buck Williams and Jerome Kersey.
A second round draft pick of the San Antonio Spurs out of Eastern Illinois University in 1986, Duckworth was only 14 games into his NBA career when he was acquired by the Trail Blazers from San Antonio in exchange for Walter Berry.
After the 1991 92 season he was traded to the Washington Bullets, playing there two years and then a year each for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Clippers before retiring in 1997.
In the summer of 1988 he signed an eight year, $16 million contract with the Blazers. In the 1988 89 season, he averaged 18.1 points a game and eight rebounds, playing in 79 games.
"When you got hugged by Kevin Duckworth, you got hugged," he said Tuesday.
He was 7 feet tall and pushed 300 pounds, hard. He struggled unsuccessfully to control his weight during his career, and put on many pounds afterward.
In retirement, he remained in the Portland area, doing woodwork, fishing and hunting. He ran a construction company in Northern California for a time. A restaurant venture in Vancouver, Wash., with former NBA player Kermit Washington went out of business.
Duckworth grew up in the Chicago area and was drafted out of Eastern Illinois University by the San Antonio Spurs in 1986. Soon, they traded him to the Trail Blazers.
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