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Feb 25

Dear Bobcats fans

By occassia Posted in: Blazers, Bobcats

Dear Bobcats fans:

Here in Portland, we feel your pain. We really do. 

We're sending you Joel Przybilla. The Thrilla. He's been a Blazer about as long as Gerald's been a Bobcat and, although we can see the logic of the trade, it's still torn a little piece of our collective heart out. Joel is a true professional, and a presence --on the court, in the locker room, and around town. He possesses experience and deep skills not necessarily revealed by stats. And nobody messes with him. Nobody.

And we're sending you our young gun, Dante Cunningham, with great reluctance. He's an East coast guy who rebuilds vintage muscle cars --you'll like him. We call him Inferno and, believe me, he catches fire. You won't find a tougher or more determined competitor; he's had a great season so far, and his best seasons still lie ahead of him.

And we're sending you our Kiwi, Sean Marks, for much of this season the only healthy center on the team. Ouch. Sean has been a godsend as a reserve, giving great value in his comparatively modest minutes. We didn't really get a chance to know him well, but he's one of the friendliest big guys you'll ever meet, and well-liked by the rest of the team.

That's something else we're sending you: real team players. There's not much room on our roster for prima donnas. If you're a Trail Blazer, you play well with others. You have a can-do attitude, and you learn to step up, over and over again, in the face of adversity. You're getting three guys who have all of that going for them --and now, going for you.

We're sending you men in whom we've invested a lot of love and pride. That won't change. When they show up in the Rose Garden wearing somebody else's jersey, they'll still be warmly welcomed. Once a Blazer always a Blazer.

And we'll take good care of Gerald, we promise. We'll welcome him warmly, and invest love and pride in him, too. He's joining a really great group of guys and will find, not just teammates, but lifelong friends in our locker room. 

In Portland, we sell out the arena for every game, and are loud, devoted, occasionally insane fans. This year the Blazers have a good shot at the playoffs in the very competitive Western conference, and we're excited that Gerald can be an integral part of that effort. 

We don't have history with him, or know him as you all do --not yet. But we do know Gerald is tough and versatile and holds nothing back on the court. Perfect. He'll fit right in.

Just hope he doesn't mind a little rain.

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  1. Well put Madame Occassia. I loved this.

    by krizzikinz on 2/25/2011 2:37 PM
  2. wow, that was really wonderful to read, but still painful. charlotte is knocking on the door to the eighth seed in the playoffs and i would love nothing more to see them, and our friends, playing well after game 82.

    by Kassandra on 2/25/2011 2:47 PM
  3. Great blog! Front page!

    by sarahhecht on 2/25/2011 3:45 PM
  4. Thanks, Sarah. I meant every word, and have sent the link to Ben Swanson at www.rufusonfire.com, the Bobcats blog (thanks, debra31098).

    by occassia on 2/25/2011 4:02 PM
  5. Great Job. The way it's written makes me feel like we should have printed it and pinned it to Dante's lapel like a note to your preschoolers teacher, and I love it! LOVE IT! GO BLAZERS

    by bigjeff911 on 2/25/2011 4:28 PM
  6. Tears! Thank you for taken the words out of my heart :)

    by minimegstew on 2/25/2011 6:04 PM
  7. *taking, not taken

    by minimegstew on 2/25/2011 6:05 PM
  8. It sounds like MJ truly values our guys as players --not just "deals"-- and the Bobcats fans I've met so far seem very appreciative, too. I'm going to try and listen to their game v Orlando this afternoon.

    by occassia on 2/27/2011 12:37 PM
  9. Jeff, that's funny: I tweeted Dante yesterday that it sorta kinda feels like sending your firstborn off to college. ;-)

    by occassia on 2/27/2011 12:38 PM
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