Former Blazer Maurice Lucas passed away today from bladder cancer at the age of 58. Lucas was a power forward and led the Portland Trial Blazers to their first and only NBA championship defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in 1977. His #20 jersey is retired at the Rose Garden Arena. Lucas also served as an assistant coach to the Blazers.
The Miami Heat easily defeated the New Jersey Nets 101-78 today. LeBron James scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Nets were among several teams in which James considered signing with this summer. Miami now has a record of 3-1.
I too wear a yellow and black power balance bracelet. I am always asked, “what is that you are wearing?” The power balance bracelet is “designed to work with your body’s nature energy field…it is a favorite among elite athletes for whom balance, strength and flexibility are important.” The next question I am always asked, “do you think it actually works?” My answer, “yes.”
Oregon sports columnist John Canzano tweeted this after the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 98-88 over the weekend. It was Blake Griffin’s first regular season NBA game after sitting out the entire season last year. Griffin was the #1 overall draft pick in 2009 but didn’t play last season after he broke his left knee cap in a preseason game last year. Griffin scored 20 points and 14 rebounds in the game.