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My wish for a Trailblazer Team Code

I was reading Joe Freeman's article: "LaMarcus Aldridge is trusting his Trail Blazers teammates more, but his guarded nature has deep roots", which inspired this little Valentine's Day egg:

A wishful creed for the team I love:

We play to live, we play to win
To many of our fans we’re medicine
But in victory or defeat, success or shame
We are a team, in both failure and fame
In tough times or hard, we stand as one
Individual fame is a quiet call
5 men on the court, 15 in all

Our oath to each other, to which we swear:

I will always defend, I will always share
I will honor my brothers, no matter when or where
I will keep my mind clear, my body strong
I will master each position, on both sides of the ball
My individual successes add to the team’s sum
For nobody plays this game 5-on-1
My brothers will be first to know my mind
I will treat them with respect, dignity, and pride
As long as they honor this Code we abide by

And as a team, this is our creed:

We are the Blazers, We always believe
We never quit on ourselves or the team
Our offense and defense are one in the same
We play like water, we flow with the game
We practice to perfection, our skills are an art
With a spring in our steps and fire in our hearts
We step on the court with empty minds
Where no weakness shall our opponent find

Regardless of the outcome this year, the team has my gratitude for playing the game the way with a collective purity that seems rare these days. It's truly a pleasure to watch you.

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