On April 4, 1964, a chubby little white kid was born in a Catholic hospital in Urbana, Illinois. Three days earlier a chubby little black kid was born in Harvey, Illinois.
So when the chubby little white kid hears that someone 3 days older than he just suddenly up and died, it is more than a little disconcerting.
I know nothing about Kevin Duckworth the person. But I do know this about Kevin Duckworth the player. He has given dozens of big player the opportunity to make an NBA roster. After all, a second round pick in 1986 named Kevin Duckworth went from almost being cut to being a two-time Western Conference all-star and starting on some great Western Conference teams.
RIP Big Fella
Quiz: Since Kevin Duckworth was a 2nd round pick of the Spurs in the 1986, I have located only 4 guys who have made the NBA all-star team as a center despite the fact that they were not drafted in the 1st round of the NBA draft.
Name the 4 guys: clue -- two guys made it once each, one guy made it twice (once in each conference) and one guy made it 4 times in the Eastern Conference.