Jun 29

The Journey Of Meyers Leonard

By DHawes22 Posted in: Blazers, meyersleonard

When a new player arrives in Rip City, the first thing we do as fans is check their stats, watch highlights on YouTube and check to see if they're on Twitter to get the rundown on the newest member of the team. But that only gives the smallest indication of who a person truly is and what they're really about. Normally, it takes time for a lot of the back stories about their lives to be made public.

Take LaMarcus Aldridge for example. We, as fans, feel a closer then average connection to LA due to reading about the his mother being diagnosed with breast cancer and ultimately triumphing over the disease. The people of Portland care just as much about the player on the court as they do off of it.

For rookie Meyers Leonard, there will be no waiting on his story. It's out there. At the age of six, he lost his father and along with his mother and brother, Bailey, went without a bed, water and electricity. But through that hardship came an unbreakable bond between two brothers.

If you're wondering, Meyers' Fighting Illini lost to the Wolverines of Michigan on that afternoon his brother surprised him, 72-61. Leonard had himself a solid outing, scoring 18 points on 6-11 shooting, including 6-8 at the foul line to go along with nine rebounds and a block. Yet something tells me the result of the game and his stat line won't be what he remembers most about March 2nd, 2012.

He hasn't been introduced to the media. He hasn't even put on a jersey. And he hasn't played a single second of Trail Blazers basketball. But I'm already a fan.


  1. happy to have in ripcity lets do what we can with him!!!

    by EWNATION on 6/29/2012 1:33 PM
  2. Meyers, you know the whole town is proud of you. And remember when you had your picutre taken with the cooks at RHS and we told you to remember us when you are rich and famous? It actually happened and we would like to say GOOD LUCK and we are thinking about you!!

    by Debbie Rich on 6/30/2012 10:45 AM
  3. i was reading another article about Meyers' past. it's remarkable he and his family was able to persevere through those rough times. on twitter, he's posted several pictures of his family in new york during the time surrounding the draft. they all certainly appear to be close and it looks like he has a lot of support from them. once again, our blazer draft team (ever-changing as it may be) found a guy we can be proud of off the court as much as on the court.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 7/1/2012 6:24 PM
  4. Awesome video. Teared up.

    by sarahhecht on 7/2/2012 9:14 AM
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