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David John Twardzik (born September 20, 1950) is an American former professional basketball player. He was a point guard in both the American Basketball
Basketball
Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is best known for being a starter on the Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
team that won the 1977 NBA Finals. Twardzik grew up in Middletown, Pennsylvania, and played collegiately at Old Dominion University, where he was a two-time All-American and led the Monarchs to the 1971 NCAA Division II title game. He was drafted by the Trail Blazers in 1972, but elected to play for the Virginia Squires
Virginia Squires
of the ABA. Twardzik played for the Squires for four seasons until the team (and the ABA) came to an end, folding just prior to the ABA-NBA merger
ABA-NBA merger
in June 1976. After the ABA-NBA merger Twardzik signed with the Blazers (who held his NBA rights).[1] He would be the starting point guard of the Blazers team which won the NBA title in 1977. He played for four seasons total in Portland, and retired at the end of the 1979–80 season because of injury. His jersey number (13) was retired by the team. After his retirement from playing, he began an NBA coaching and front-office career. He served in Portland's front office through 1985, and worked as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
from 1986 through 1989. He has also worked for the Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, and the Denver Nuggets. In 2003, he became Director of Player Personnel for the Orlando Magic, and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2005. He held that position until 2012.[2] Since the 2013-14 basketball season, Twardzik has been a color commentator for radio broadcasts of Old Dominion's Men's Basketball
Basketball
games.[3] In 1995, Twardzik was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. References[edit]

^ Arnold, Geoffrey; Uthman, Daniel (2007-06-04). "The 1976-77 NBA champion Portland Trail Blazers: 30 years later". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2007-06-04.  ^ Josh Robbins and Brian Schmitz. "Magic fire longtime assistant GM and 6 scouts". Orlando Sentinel. June 24, 2012. Retrieved on June 25, 2012. ^ "Twardzik Joins ODU Men's Basketball
Basketball
Broadcasting Team". ODU Athletica. Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University
Athletics. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 

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Player bio at Old Dominion Pro stats at basketball-reference.com Orlando Magic
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