Portland Trail Blazers guard Nolan Smith explains his tattoos in this video uploaded to YouTube by D.J. Fenner.
Here's Smith's explanation of his tattoos from the video.
My first tattoo, I got my dad right on my arm when I was 16. He's my big inspiration, my dad put the ball in my hands. From there, my other tattoos are things that I believe in, my slogans. 'Never be denied. Built to win.' I've got the Final 4 logo on my stomach. 'Like father, like son.' Me and my dad won the championship in Indianapolis. I've got 10 tattoos right now. I use tattoos to express myself. I like getting inked up. Whenever something hits my mind, a new idea, then I'll get a tat.
Here's a close-up shot of the tattoo of Smith's father, a former NBA player who died when Smith was a child, from when Smith was introduced by the Blazers in 2011.
Bruce Ely of The Oregonian recently had a photo essay of Blazers tattoos.
Nolan Smith on future with Blazers: "I think it's pretty obvious that I'm a free agent. They made that pretty clear. ... I think we can say that [I won't be back here next year] but I can't see the future. I don't know what they're thinking. We'll see what happens. ... They have a path that they want to go down and it's pretty obvious I'm not on it right now."
Neil Olshey: I think Nolan needs a new environment. Nolan is an NBA player but bringing Eric Maynor in, the moniker of being a first-round pick was tough for Nolan to overcome. He's a great kid, he did everything we asked him to do, he's going to be on an NBA roster next year, but he more than anyone needs a change of scenery, he needs to start fresh.
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