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Terry Porter Rejoins Rip City as Ambassador

A former favorite son comes home.

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The Portland Trailblazers announced today that all-time great guard, Terry Porter, has rejoined the organization as an ambassador.  The press release follows:

In his role as an ambassador, Porter will make appearances throughout the year to support the community, ticket holders, and corporate partners both on game days and during events in the community.

Porter joins current ambassadors Jerome Kersey, Harry Glickman, Brian Grant, Bob Gross and Bill Schonely in the Terry Porter group's efforts to assist the very same community that supported them throughout their careers as Trail Blazers players, executives and broadcasters.

"I am very excited to once again be working with my former teammate and friend, Terry Porter," said Kersey, the organization's newly appointed Director of Alumni Relations in charge of leading ambassador and other team alumni efforts in the community. "I hope that our reunion as ambassadors to the team will be as great as our playing days together here in Rip City."

One of the greatest players in team history, Porter played 10 seasons for the Trail Blazers during which he twice helped Portland to the NBA Finals (1990, 1992) and was twice named an NBA All-Star (1991, 1993). He remains the franchise's leader in assists (5,319) and 3-pointers (773), and ranks second on Portland's all-time scoring list (11,330). His No. 30 jersey was retired by the organization on December 16, 2008.

The star player was also a star in the community during his playing days. Porter was a recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for meritorious service in 1992-93 and is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.

Porter spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has twice been a head coach in the NBA - From 2003-05 with the Milwaukee Bucks and in 2008-09 with the Phoenix Suns.

The former Trail Blazers point guard and NBA head coach previously served as a team ambassador from 2009-11.