Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 5/2/13
One closet door flew off its hinges when an active player said, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay." The last sentence defines the sort of fan you are. You either react in horror and break out a bible verse, or wish Jason Collins the best for next season. How would Portland fans react if he made his announcement to the Oregonian as a Blazer? They'd name a street named after him? Maybe a parade? It's the Portland way, man. The Trail Blazer faithful would line the parade route from Cesar Chavez Avenue to MLK and finish on Drexler Drive at the Rose Garden. Portland would gather in Pioneer Square and roar their approval loud enough to echo from Gresham to Beaverton, from Vancouver to Lake Oswego. It worked for Greg Oden, sort of. Portland cheers a big man who can walk and run. They know how fragile they are. From Bill Walton to Mychal Thompson to Sam Bowie, including Arvydas Sabonis and Oden, their wheels don't have a run flat option....
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