I attended Wednesday night’s game vs. Orlando as a guest in one of the luxury suites and our host graciously offered a bonus ticket to watch courtside, in a 2nd row seat along the baseline. I was stoked. My only other experience so close was during the Clyde Drexler era.
At the 7:40 mark in the 2nd quarter, Meyers Leonard chased down a missed Batum shot that clanged off the rim. I thought, "here comes the ball, watch out" but before I knew what hit me . . . well, he hit me. He had planted both his feet and dived head first into the stands, landing on my left neck and shoulder.
I instantly had a 7’1", 250-lb NBA player crunched down on my neck. I had zero time to react or dodge. I was dazed and bewildered. He got up and ran down the court. Our section immediately turned their attention to me. I was bleeding from a scratch down my face. My neck was smarting. And my glasses. My beloved Fred Armisen-ish frames! Just a few months old and the temple snapped off in an instant.
I’ve always wondered how bystanders fared after these giants crash into them. Now I know: It hurts! Mike Barrett, on the telecast said, "he landed on a couple of pretty big-sized dudes" which is partially true. Those dudes were in front. But he actually landed on me, who at 5’8", 150 lbs, is far from "big-sized".
Fortunately I’m okay, with just a mild neck sprain (yes, I went to a doctor). The Moda Center staff was fantastic: Ushers, safety officers, and managers made sure I was okay. I got looked over by a paramedic who helped me tape up my glasses. The Blazers organization has been nothing but professional and accommodating. And they’re replacing my specs.
Meyers Leonard broke my glasses! (via Lone Heckler)