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Lillard's "Dougie," Leonard's Dunking Highlight Wells Fargo Fan Fest

10/21/12
  1. Written by: erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 3.0

    BY ERIK GUNDERSEN

    The Wells Fargo Fan Fest, was a fun filled affair, as it was intended to be. The game was full of many highlight reel type plays. The black team defeated the white team in the scrimmage 79-74 with Meyers Leonard garnering MVP honors. Leonard finished the scrimmage with 18 points, 12 rebounds and a handful of crowd roaring dunks.

    “Dunking is just something I always do. It’s nice to be able to put a show on for the crowd,” said Leonard.

    The scrimmage was a pretty wide-open affair, as expected. The actions on the court brought plenty of entertainment, however, as is the case with Fan Fest’s past, the rookie dancing was the highlight. This year, the Trail Blazers vets brought back the classic dance track “Teach Me How To Dougie,” for the rookie dancing spectacle. The Trail Blazers rookies gathered at center court and it was rookie point guard Damian Lillard who stole the show with his rendition of the “Dougie.” Video of the entire rookie dance routine can be found here.

    “I have fun dancing. I enjoy it and I’m always on the internet, checking YouTube looking up all the dances,” said Lillard. “And my family, we dance, that’s what everybody does.”

    Lillard clearly put in the proper film work it takes to be a high quality performer. Lillard has been doing a pre-game dance of his own by moving his arms up and down in the air, but he says that said dance has yet to be named.

    Luke Babbitt remembers his “Dougie” night well and was surprised that the team decided to bring it back for this year’s rookies. Babbitt said it did bring some flashbacks. 

    “Apparently they liked my year so much that they decided to do it again two years later,” said Babbitt. “That’s an old song, but it was good, I thought they did well.”

    As far as the game goes, both teams played in a back and forth affair. The black team was coached by Jay Triano had Damian Lillard, Jared Jeffries, Wesley Matthews, Sasha Pavlovic, Coby Karl, Luke Babbitt, J.J. Hickson, Demonte Harper and Dallas Lauderdale. The white team was coached by Kaleb Canales and had Nolan Smith, Will Barton, Adam Morrison, Justin Holiday, Meyers Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Victor Claver, Joel Freeland and Nicolas Batum.

    Batum and Matthews really started going at each other in the early moments in the game. Batum and Matthews traded baseline jams as well as a couple of three-pointers early in the game. They started looking at each other during the game as if they had planned this battle against each other. However, Batum said that the back-and-forth was simply spontaneous.

    “Wes started making threes at the beginning and so I made two in a row too. So like, okay, let’s go at each other a little bit but it didn’t keep going.”

    Leonard wowed fans with many dunks but his most impressive moment was a full-court length, quarterback-style pass to Aldridge for a fast break dunk. After the dunk Leonard celebrated as if he really had thrown a touchdown. I will say, though, the accuracy on the throw was pretty darn good. 

    As for the game’s impact on the team moving forward, Coach Stotts said there wasn’t a lot the team could gain from analyzing the game from a team standpoint. He did say that the coaching staff would look at the film to break down things for individuals, however.

    However, tonight was about the fans and the Trail Blazers, from the coaches all the way to the players acknowledged that.
       
    The atmosphere at Fan Fest was jovial to say the least. The players were throwing alley-oops and launching threes. They put on a great show for their community and some of the new faces like Lillard and Leonard showed flashes of what they will bring to the team this season. It was definitely a fun-loving night to be in Rip City.

    As far as the Trail Blazers are concerned, they continue their preseason tomorrow at home against Utah, which will be their final preseason home game. That game tips off at 7PM and will be shown on CSNNW and broadcast on radio on 1190 KEX.


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