Found January 16, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
Once upon a time, I moved to Portland and quickly learned that one of the best ways to assimilate and become a true Portlander was to hate the Los Angeles Lakers. Not just dislike the Lakers, mind you. HATE the Lakers. Yes, hate the evil SoCal spawns of Satan with the fiery, unquenchable disdain of one who would back over Jerry Buss‘ dog with an F-150 while laughing maniacally. THAT kind of hatred. This took some getting used to, because I grew up a HUGE Lakers fan. Growing up in northern Minnesota, as close to Winnipeg as Minneapolis, the nearest NBA teams were in Chicago and Milwaukee. I hate any team from Chicago, and I’m no fan of Milwaukee, either…but that’s another story for another time. The Lakers, who once called Minneapolis home, were, as far as I was concerned, the next best thing to a local NBA team. Hey, I was in junior high school; I make no claim to having possessed a sense of logic or distance at such a tender age. On the basketball court, I was a point guard who...

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Chis Paul strains hamstring in win over Lakers

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