Thanks be to God, Allah, and Buddha that Terry Porter and Bobby Gross FINALLY had their number retired. I am sick to death watching negligent Trail Blazers management sit idle while our rafters sit bereft of retired jersey numbers of Blazers greats past.
Sure, Bill Walton (#32), Maurice Lucas (#20), Larry Steele (#15), Dave Twardzik (#13), Lloyd Neal (#36), and now Gross (#30) have all had their numbers retired. But what about the other members of that championship squad? Isn't it time we recognized the invaluable contributions of Lionel Hollins (#14), Herm Gilliam (#3), Johnny Davis (#16), Robin Jones (#34), Wally Walker (#42), and Corky Calhoun (#10)? Where's the outrage?
And what about all the all-stars we've had in the past? Sidney Wicks (#21) isn't up there. Either are Kermit Washington (#42), Jim Paxson (#4), Kevin Duckworth (#00), Cliff Robinson (#3), or Rasheed Wallace (#30). All of them were All-stars. Shouldn't their numbers be retired?
Come to think of it, Brandon Roy (#7) was an all-star, too. Why wait until he's retired to retire his jersey number? I don't want anyone else wearing his number while he's still in the league. Maybe we should just hang Brandon in the rafters and lower him down during a fireworks display at the pregame introductions. It would be like the start of a WWF match (the games are already officiated like one).
And what about Scottie Pippen(#33)? He is a 6-time NBA champion and one of the fifty greatest players of all-time! And Shareef Abdur-Rahim (#3), Steve Smith (#8), Shawn Kemp (#40), Dale Davis (#34), Walter Davis (#6), and Detlef Schrempf (#12) were all all-stars. Who cares if it was with other teams.
Every single number should be retired until the only available jerseys are pi, thirty-twelve, absolute zero, infinity, and negative two. Then we should retire those numbers, too. We'll have the only team that has triple digit jersey numbers. The rafters will be so clogged with banners that the fire marshall will have to shut down the Rose Garden. Then it will be time to laugh!
HA HA HA! In your face the rest of the NBA!