LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) - Former Portland Trail Blazer center Kevin Duckworth collapsed and died while on a trip to the Oregon Coast to host a free youth basketball clinic. He was 44.
The cause of death was not immediately known, according to a statement released by the Portland Trailblazers.
The 7'0" Duckworth was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2nd round of the 1986 draft, but traded early in his rookie season to Portland, where he averaged more than 15 points and 6 rebounds per game between 1987 and 1991.
He was with the Trail Blazers as they made two trips to the NBA finals (1990, 1992) and was a Western Conference All-Star in 1989 and 1991.
He also played with the Washington Bullets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers before ending his 684-game career in 1997.
Duckworth settled in the Portland area after retiring from the NBA. He is survived by his mother and a sister.
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