The Portland Trail Blazers family has lost one of the original, 1970’s roster members, Shaler Halimon. The guard-forward played 79 games for the Blazers in their inaugural, 1970-71 season.
The Trail Blazers organization mourns the loss of Shaler Halimon, an original Trail Blazer ❤️https://t.co/BRaZqvQVF4 pic.twitter.com/gQl1fRJDMe— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 19, 2021
The team released this statement:
The Trail Blazers organization is mourning the loss of former Trail Blazer Shaler Halimon. Shaler was an original members of Portland’s inaugural 1970-71 team. While his time playing for the Trail Blazers was brief, he made a lasting impact on Rip City and ultimately called Oregon home once his NBA career concluded — and became a widely beloved driver for Oregon’s TriMet public transportation system. Shaler has been a proud member of the Trail Blazers Alumni Program for many years, promoting the good will of the Trail Blazers organization across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Shaler’s family and loved ones.
Born March 30th, 1945, Halimon was 76 years of age when he passed.
Blazer’s Edge offers thanks to Shaler Halimon and condolences to his family and all those who knew him.