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Jan. 29, 1955

Greg Ballard (age 61)

The Los Angeles native starred in basketball for the University of Oregon from 1973-77, then played 11 NBA seasons as a 6-7 power forward (and a No. 4 overall draft pick) winning a title in 1978 with the Washington Bullets. He’s a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

Jan. 30, 1955

Mychal Thompson (age 61)

The 6-10 power forward/center from Nassau, Bahamas spent the first eight of his 13 NBA seasons as a Trail Blazer, after being the No. 1 pick in the 1978 draft. He won titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1987 and 1988.