By Joe Becker
Make it two in a row for Blazers Guard Brandon Roy. For the second straight year he is picked for the NBA All-Star game by the coaches.
"I'm excited about it," Roy said Thursday at the Practice Facility, but he kept the team in mind. "Our goal is still the Playoffs and right now this is one of the steps on the way to that ultimate goal, but it feels good right now."
The awards and honors have been coming since Brandon entered the league. He was named NBA Rookie of the year, then made the All-Star team his second season. This season, he scored 52 points on national TV to lead the Blazers past the Suns. The other night he had 10 steals to tie the Blazers franchise record and help the Blazers beat Washington. Now, a second straight All-Star spot.
"You know, honestly, I enjoy it, but the way I keep moving on to the next one is I don't let it have that lingering effect," said Roy. "Even that 52 points, I enjyed it for two days until the next game. After that, it was behind me and it's been behind me. That's been my approach and that's how things work for me. For me to keep these things ocming is hard work and not sittin back and enjoying it for too long. I enjoy it and then its back to work."
And the Blazers have their work cut out for them on Saturday Night, when they host the Jazz at the Rose Garden. You can see that game on KGW-TV starting at 7pm. Pre-game at 6:30pm. The All-Star game is February 15 in Phoenix.