The entire Portland Trail Blazers coaching staff wore bow ties for Game 2 against the Denver Nuggets in honor of Jon Yim, the team’s video coordinator/developmental coach. Yim was in a serious car accident in Portland last week and is currently recovering in the hospital. Members of Yim’s family were also involved in the accident.
To show their support for Yim, who held a tradition to wear bow ties for Wednesday games, Portland’s coaches put on their own bow ties (via NBC Sports Northwest’s Dwight Jaynes):
“It was a pretty serious accident,” Coach Terry Stotts said. “They’ve all been in the hospital. I think Tabatha, his sister, was released yesterday. The rest of the family is still in the hospital. Jon had some physical damage but anyway, it was for Jon Yim. On Wednesday he would wear bowties to the games.
“I think the bowties are undefeated this year.”
Coach Yim made every Wednesday night game, “Bow Tie Wednesday”. We miss you, BFF. Stay strong on this journey. We have your back. @trailblazers @CoachYim #ripcity pic.twitter.com/ZN4CyVQEly— Brooke Olzendam (@brookeolzendam) May 2, 2019
Coaches & training staff are wearing bow ties to honor Video Coordinator & Player Development Coach Jon Yim as he recovers from a serious car accident back in Portland.— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) May 2, 2019
It’s Bow-Tie Wednesday, Coach! ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/sDVq9TAbSD
Zach Collins spoke to the impact that Yim’s situation has had on the team:
“We miss him a lot. Obviously, we have guys who have stepped up and taken care of what his role was, but we miss just having him around. It kind of sucks he’s not here. We’re definitely playing for him a little bit.”
Head coach Terry Stotts provided an update on Yim Thursday afternoon:
Coach Terry Stotts provided an update today: He heard several players are planning to visit Yim in the hospital today. Also, Yim's sister and brother-in-law have been released from the hospital, but Yim and his mother remain under care. https://t.co/2VOuUXOw9A— Jason Quick (@jwquick) May 2, 2019
Our best wishes go out to Yim and his family.