While the Trail Blazers’ 2000’s Night featured former players Travis Outlaw and Damon Stoudamire, there was another key figure present - Mike Barrett.
Barrett was the television voice of the Trail Blazers from 2003 until 2016, when he and color commentator Mike Rice were let go by the team.
Barrett spoke to Jamie Hudson, and he expressed nothing but love for his time as the voice of the Trail Blazers:
“It’s been great,” Barrett said of his return to Moda Center. “I think we take for granted in this business sometimes the connectivity and the emotion and the relationship you have with fans. To hear those stories — and then everybody wants to tell you about their favorite call, their favorite game, their favorite team. That part’s been really neat. I probably underestimated how cool that would be.”
He also told Hudson about his favorite season during the 2000’s
“Travis Outlaw is here and the team in ’07 that had the 13 game winning streak, if you weren’t there, people don’t understand how crazy that was. That team was so young and had drafted Greg Oden and thought they were gonna make the next step, and this team that almost didn’t know what it was doing — wins thirteen in a row, and I mentioned Travis because he put the cap on win No. 13 in a row. I still remember that,” Barrett said.
From Dec. 3rd through Dec. 30th that 2007-2008 team didn’t lose a game.
Make sure to read Jamie’s full article here for more quotes from Barrett and the early 2000’s teams.