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Calkins: Luke Babbitt "Trying To Bust Out" Of Chalupa Man Reputation

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Matt Calkins of The Columbian has a lengthy look at Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt, including the mandatory "Chalupa Man" discussion as well as a deeper look at his faith. ------------------------------- "There are guys like that on every team, where it becomes a joke. That’s what I was, and to some people, I still am. I’m trying to bust out of that," said Babbitt, 22. "I play to be a winner, to be a contributor, not a guy who comes in and makes Chalupa shots. ... Still, we’ve got the best fans, and I can’t really blame them because for a year and a half, I hadn’t really done anything else." ... "The only reason I’m in the NBA is because of God. It’s nothing that I did," said Babbitt, who lists faith as his top priority, family as his second, and basketball as his third. "If you look at the statistics, it’s not very common for a 6-8 white guy from Reno, Nevada, to be here. This is an opportunity for me and I’m going to use it to glorify God." ... "Part of being a Christian is not wanting too much. But if I score five points, I want eight. I’m always thinking about the shots I missed." ------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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