Thursday, March 5, 2015

Trail Blazer Will Barton at Player Palooza



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One of my favorite Trail Blazers for this season and the last two, Will Barton, Will the Thrill, the People's Champ. It broke my heart that he got traded to Denver on February 19. I wish him success in his NBA career and his life. I got this close to getting to play air hockey with him when Player Palooza got too close to being over and the players had to report to the court. Drat it.

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Yep, I'm missing this smile, this man, his joy for life and his determination about and love for basketball. Bye, bye, Will, honey.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Trail Blazer Steve Blake at Player Palooza



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I'll bet lots of fans took turns riding the mechanical bull, with various Trail Blazers at the controls. I just happened to walk by when Steve Blake tried his hand at it.

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Steve concentrates just like this when he's on the basketball court. Since I moved to Portland in 2006, this is Steve's second time as a member of the team. When I heard last summer that he'd been signed again, I was thrilled because I always liked his skills and determination.