‘Amphibious’ Shackleford found deceased at age 50

shackFormer North Carolina State star and NBA player Charles Shackleford, who made a second home on the Grand Strand, was found dead in his hometown of Kinston, N.C., on Friday. He was 50. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known. Kinston Police are investigating his death.

Shackleford averaged 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in three seasons (1985-88) at North Carolina State, but he may be best remembered for a post-game comment that became a part of the sports lexicon: “I can shoot with my left hand, I can shoot with my right hand. I’m amphibious,” he was quoted as saying.

Shackleford bypassed his senior season and entering the NBA draft. He was a second-round selection (32nd overall) in the 1988 draft by the New Jersey Nets. He played two seasons with the Nets and posted career best averages of 8.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in his second season. He also played two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and one each with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 303 career NBA games.

Shackleford experienced a few issues after his basketball career, including a 2010 incident in Myrtle Beach in which he was involved in a minor traffic accident. Shackleford was driving the vehicle of former NBA teammate Jayson Williams and told police he was Williams. He was later charged with filing a false police report but those charges were eventually dropped. Later that same year he was arrested for selling prescription drugs to an undercover officer.

Shackleford had numerous friends on the Grand Strand and often took part in celebrity golf tournaments and other charity sports events in the area.

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