After a super slow (by his standards) for Brandon Roy this season, he broke out some big time magic last night against the Rockets.
I think this is the play that will ignite BRoy’s fire. Say what you want about LaMarcus Aldridge (27pts, 9 boards, 3 blocks) and Greg Oden (still MIA), but this team is Brandon’s first. They go as he goes. Now he’s on…watch out NBA.
Jury’s still out on whether I get tickets for Orlando on Monday night. It’s a long way to go alone to see my team…but I have a feeling I wouldn’t be disappointed, and probably would kick myself if I don’t get there.
Yay! My post, Dream Big Live Big, about the new job with the PGA TOUR and moving cross-country to Florida, has made the WordPress “Travel News” list for the day. Imagine my surprise when I logged into WordPress this morning and saw my face on the front page!
So welcome, everyone, who clicked on from the WordPress site. I hope you like what you see and come back again.
Also, an update for my “Farewell Tour” that starts this weekend and continues on until I actually get on the plane —
My friends in Corvallis are throwing a party tonight at Cloud 9, starting at 9 pm. You can RSVP on Facebook or just plain show up if you’re in the area. If 9 is too late for ya, join me for my last (tear) Crowbar happy hour after work, 5:30 or 6-ish. Last week Obama showed up, so you know it’s a happening crowd!
We’ll be cheering on the Blazers tomorrow night (Sat) at the Rose Garden, and then hitting downtown Portland afterward. If you’re Portland based, get at me and come out for some dancing and fun.
Lastly, the Momma is planning something, probably Vino Maria’s related, for next Friday night (the 4th). Family, friends, wine-lovers and everyone else are welcome. When I know more, I’ll make sure to post it here. I just want to make sure I say goodbye to everyone — my favorite and least-favorite part about leaving town is getting to see lots of friends, but also having to say goodbyes.
Thanks for all the great email notes and well-wishes. Someday I will figure out how to get you to post them here, in the comments, but know that your love and support is much appreciated and reciprocated!
A big SHOUT OUT to one of my favorite Blazers, Brandon Roy (#7) for making the 2008 All-Star game, announced today. Brandon is the unquestioned leader and heart of the young Blazers team, that is 26-19 as of today. Brandon was selected over other NBA stars Baron Davis, Manu Ginobli, and Deron Williams.
2008 All Star West roster:
Guards – Kobe Bryant*, Allen Iverson*, Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Brandon Roy
Forwards – Carmelo Anthon*, Tim Duncan*, Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Boozer, David West
Center – Yao Ming*, Amare Stoudemire
Guards – Jason Kidd*, Dwayne Wade*, Chauncy Billups, Rip Hamilton, Joe Johnson
Forwards – Kevin Garnett*, LeBron James*, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Paul Pierce
Center – Dwight Howard*, Chris Bosh
(*) designates the starters
How good is Brandon? Here are his stats through 45 games this season:
B.Roy averages 19.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. He’s shooting 46% from the field in 37.3 minutes, and his efficiency rating (on nba.com) is +19.07.
The little things that Brandon does for his team don’t usually show up in the normal stats. The tipped balls, deflections, blocks, lock-down defense and will to get to the hole from anywhere on the court are just a few things the Blazers can count on B.Roy for.
A few more Brandon-related links to end my post on:
I’m going to try this out for the first time — blogging while watching the Blazers take on Cleveland [LeBron & Co.] tonight in Portland. I’m not in PDX (unfortunately), but am watching from my couch in Corvallis. I’ll be flipping between the Blazers broadcasting crew on KGW (8) and the ESPN broadcast. I think I know what Barrett & Rice will be saying, but its always good to get the national perspective when it’s available.