Before Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz, the community relations staffers at One Center Court ushered a 90-year-old man to a padded courtside seat, where he sat and watched the Trail Blazers warm up for a few minutes.
This particular gentleman had never seen a Blazers game in person. His last name happened to be "Leonard" and when the Blazers learned this, they looked at each other, and then asked him if he'd like to meet rookie center Meyers Leonard. He was, of course, delighted by this little coincidental treat. Also, he smiled while meeting former broadcaster Bill Schonely, who shook his hand, signed an autograph, and gave him a low-growling, "RIIIIP CITY!"
I thought about the stately Mr. Leonard a few times during Portland's 105-99 victory over the Jazz.
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