During his job for years as the lead carpenter at Macy's department stores Ray Wright left for work every morning at 5 a.m. The man could build just about anything. But what he built best of all along with his wife Stacy is a son.

That would be Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright who said "I'm so mad at myself that I didn't pay attention to my dad as a carpenter. He could do anything. My building skills aren't what they should be."

I think the son is missing the point.

Wright signed a two-year $6 million free-agent contract with the Blazers this summer. He's one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA and joins a team that desperately needed depth. But if you spend any sort of time talking with Wright what you understand first and best is that he's a good father. This is why it was important that he arrive ahead of Blazers training camp get moved in and get his 5-year old son Devin enrolled in kindergarten.

"I'm going to be there for the first day of kindergarten. It's a big big deal. I'm here. We're here. My family is coming with me and we're excited."

Wright talked on Friday about signing with the Blazers. While he believes he'll compete for a starting position Wright is the rare NBA player who isn't disillusioned out of touch or simply here to say what he thinks he's supposed to say so you'll like him. Wright said "I know what I can do. I know what I can bring. But I see myself as a guy who comes in off the bench; knocking down threes being a stretch-four."

Does he prefer that? Nope. But Wright who went from high school to the NBA in 2004 knows his role and if Portland is going to find chemistry in a locker room filled with new faces the faster they accept their roles the more effective they'll be early.

"When you're coming off the bench you gotta be ready right away you gotta have 2-3 heat packs on your legs and be ready at all times. You gotta be ready you always gotta be ready."

Then Wright drifts into conversation about his parents again. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles and remembers he was the only kid out of his large group of friends who had both parents at home. While Ray built things Stacy worked as a property officer for the police department. And the parents wished and dreamed that their son whose first love as a kid was baseball might grow up to one day play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. But first and foremost they were determined to raise a good person.