The Portland Trail Blazers celebrated their 2010s Decade Night on Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns. Throughout the night, several videos played featuring former players reflecting on their time in Portland and thanking Blazer fans. Among them were LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews.
Aldridge highlighted how much the city’s support of the team meant to him:
“I just wanted to say thanks to all the fans. I enjoyed my time here in Rip City. You all were amazing, ya’ll supported us great, you cheered me on night after night, so I just want to say thanks. My time here in Portland was great, to see a city come together, and support us and have our back, I enjoyed every game, I enjoyed the home-court advantage of how loud it got, and how the fans just loved every game and just loved us.”
Matthews shared similar sentiments, expressing his love for the fans:
“Man, I don’t know how I can consolidate all of the love that I have for you fans, and how I can reciprocate it. From the moment that I got there, you guys embraced me from day one. I really feel like part of me did a lot of growing up in that city. You guys are unbelievable fans, unbelievable supporters. I got so many countless, amazing memories. To be a part of 50 years of the Trail Blazers and to be a big, significant part of my time being there has been amazing, and that is all a credit to you guys. Between playoff series victories, big games against the Lakers, the rivalries, you guys have always brought it. I can’t thank you enough. I love you guys. Go Rip City.”