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Why I Love the Blazers

Before I begin, let me just say this, hats off to those of you who followed the Blazers even through the "Jail Blazers" era, I don't know if I could have done it. If I had moved to Portland in those years, I'd probably still be watching hockey exclusively (I am Canadian after all). Besides the occassional MJ Bulls playoff game in the mid-90's, I hadn't probably watched an entire NBA game in my life when I moved to Portland in the summer of 2006 (Roy and Aldridge draft). I made friend who were fans and gradually began watching. And sure, there was promise with Roy and Aldridge etc. but what really got my attention was the class. My major complaint about basketball before moving to PDX was that it has this prevailing "it's all about me" attitude (play clip here of Garnett thumping his own chest, or Carmelo swaggering after hitting a three). The attitude ruined the sport for me, one of the reasons I always liked hockey, you can't win by yourself. But as I watched the Blazers grow, and got caught up in the 2007 Oden draft hype before moving away to grad school...I was completely hooked. So when I saw the link to B-Roy's latest interview about how his "answer" was to adjust his game to help the team...my pride soared even higher. So here I am, now living in Montreal Quebec, Canada where hockey reigns supreme and I'm secretly glad that west-coast Blazers games don't start until 10pm here, because I can catch most of them! And as long as our guys keep showing this kind of class, I'll be a fan forever. Thanks B-Roy, and thanks Blazers.

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