Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Thank you, Stu Inman

Stu Inman, architect of Trail Blazers' title team, dies at 80
January 31, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Stu Inman, who helped build the Portland Trail Blazers' 1977 NBA championship team, died of an apparent heart attack. He was 80.

Inman collapsed in his Lake Oswego home Tuesday and was pronounced dead at the hospital, his son, David, said Wednesday.

It's the Trail Blazers only title since entering the league as an expansion team in 1970.

Inman drafted Bill Walton, Geoff Petrie, Larry Steele, Lloyd Neal, Lionel Hollins, Bobby Gross, Wally Walker and Johnny Davis. He helped sign Dave Twardzik after the American Basketball Association folded, and selected Maurice Lucas in the ABA dispersal draft.


Thank you for some wonderful memories, Mr. Inman. You were in a group of a very special people. The Blazers are an integral part of Portland and Stu Inman played a part in that.

5 comments:

Dean Wormer said...

I used to collect player cards of those guys handed out free by Portland cops. What a happy childhood.

I second the thanks to Inman.

I doubt we'll feel the same at Paul Allen's passing. His only postive contribution to the Northwest, IMHO, is the EMM and Sci-fi museum next door although it's pretty clear the whole idea is a tax write off for his private collection of cool stuff.

Hypatia said...

Although I was never into sports, I remember the excitement and pride I had in our city and players! It was a special time when some underdogs won for a day!

Seymour said...

Paul Allen proves that money cannot buy class or respect. Or, a winning team.

'77 was a great year for me. I got to fly back to Oregon from Virginia to experience the Blazer's victory and Star Wars for the first time. Seems like a long time ago.

Seymour said...

Paul Allen proves that money cannot buy class or respect. Or, a winning team.

'77 was a great year for me. I got to fly back to Oregon from Virginia to experience the Blazer's victory and Star Wars for the first time. Seems like a long time ago.

Seymour said...

Sorry for the double post! Your word verification is EVIL, evil!!!