Tonight is the opening night for the 2011-12 Portland Trailblazers.
It’s weird that I never really followed the NBA before I moved out to Portland. While living in Connecticut we had the Celtics, Knicks, and Nets close by but I never really got into the NBA. I loved college basketball and watching the Connecticut Huskies though.
But when I moved out to Portland during the 2006-07 season, watching the Trailblazers reminded me of what I loved about college basketball…the atmosphere and the playing as a team.
The Rose Garden is unlike any basketball arena I have ever been to. Loud and smart fans who really know the game. Then watching the Trailblazers, there is no one player bigger then the team. Even when Brandon Roy was taking control of the game, everyone was always involved.
So here is to a great 2011-12 NBA season for the Portland Trailblazers. Even though we have lost Brandon Roy, the team should still be exciting with the additions of Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton to the already exciting core. I know I’m excited.
Here are a couple of my favorite current Trailblazers autographs: