John Canzano of The Oregonian writes that Portland Trail Blazers statistician Chuck Charnquist is retiring after 43 seasons.
The man who runs the copy machine in the media room at the Rose Garden is wiped out. Chuck Charnquist is 80, and he noticed in the last couple of seasons that he was having difficulty getting up for work the day after clocking a 10-hour shift on game nights.
"It's about time," he said, "for me to stay home."
Wednesday is Charnquist's final game. He's worked for the Blazers as a statistician, archivist, historian and media relations representative for 43 years.
Charnquist is slight in stature, and hunched over with an aching back that's ailed him recently. He has white hair, always neatly combed. He's efficient, intelligent and professional. And anyone who works with him knows Charnquist plays big. Wednesday marks 1,902 NBA games worked -- 103 in the playoffs. And so it isn't just a season ending for the Blazers, but also the successful career of a hardworking man.
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