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Dale Schlueter, Member Of Portland Trail Blazers' For Inaugural Season, Dies At 68

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Ball goes free as San Francisco Warriors’ Dale Schlueter (54) stretches for ball and teammate Bob Portman reaches out in second period of game with Boston Celtics in National Basketball Association game at Boston Garden on Sunday, Feb. 2, 1970. Watching is Warriors’ Dave Gambes (20), and Celtics’ Bailey Howell (18), and Rich Johnson. San Francisco won 123 to 105. (AP Photo) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dale Schlueter, a member of the Portland Trail Blazers for their inaugural 1970-71 season, died Thursday after battling cancer. He was 68.

The Trail Blazers said Schlueter died at his Portland home.

Schlueter was acquired by the Blazers in 1970 and averaged 8.2 points in the team's first season. The 6-foot-10 center had two stints in Portland, from 1970-72 and again for the 1977-78 season.

A Washington native who played at Colorado State, Schlueter averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in seven NBA seasons with San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Buffalo and Phoenix.

After retiring in 1978, Schlueter remained involved with the Blazers and served as a team ambassador at games and community events.

Blazers founder Harry Glickman remembered Schlueter as giving his ultimate effort every time he played.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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