By Joe Becker
It's All Star weekend and Blazers Brandon Roy and Lamarcus Aldridge are there for the festivities. The NBA classic is in New Orleans and Brandon is playing in the rookie-sophmore game and the All-Star game and Lamarcus is in the rookie-sophmore game .
I've covered three All-Star games over the years and I thought I would share a few of my favorite memories. The first one was at the Kingdome in Seattle in 1987. More than 34-thousand fans were on hand and it was the highest scoring game in All-Star history. The West sqaud won 154-149 in overtime.
Actually, All-Star Saturday was about as much fun or more. Clyde Drexler and Jerome Kersey were in the slam-dunk contest for the Blazers and Kiki Vandeweghe was in the three point shootout. Michael Jordan won the Slam Dunk title and Larry Bird won the three point shootout.
The Blazers had three players in the 1991 All-Star game in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter and Kevin Duckworth all played. Rick Adelman was a coach.
I remember getting there late on Friday of the weekend. Our flight didnt get us into Charlotte until after the Media availability. As Blazer fans know...that was a great group back in 1991.
I ran into Terry Porter in the lobby and he gave us a great interview. I also called Rick Adelman...and he gave us a great interview as well.
I covered ALL-STAR weekend last year and it was one of my favorites. We did a nice story with Brandon Roy on Friday. Brandon is not only a great player...but is terrific to work with. It was also nice to visit with the 1977 Blazers Championship team. They were honored on the Sunday in Las Vegas. It was good seeing Jack Ramsay and the rest of the guys.
The other thing I remember from last year is how bad the traffic was...but then again, "The Ace", Brian Warner did most of the driving. It's always a good thing to have an ace in Las Vegas!