With the first two games of the NBA's Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers having been held in Oakland, California, it meant that former Weber State star Damian Lillard returned to his hometown as the Blazers' leader.
As such, a number of pieces were written over the past few days detailing Lillard's relationship with the city. ESPN's Tim MacMahon wrote that Oakland may be losing Oracle Arena, the longtime home of the Warriors, but it "will always have Dame," while The Athletic's Marcus Thompson wrote how Lillard will be the last Oakland-bred star to play at the arena.
On a lighter Lillard-related note, a Twitter user pointed out during Game 2 on Thursday night how Lillard's uniform and shoe combo made him look like a character on the old NBA Jam video game.
The Warriors came back from a 17-point deficit on Thursday to win Game 2 and take a 2-0 series lead as the teams now go to Portland for the next two contests, but Lillard predicted after Thursday's game that his team will win at least one of the next two and thus that he hasn't played for the final time in Oracle Arena.
Would-be Utah Jazz acquisitions Photoshopped
Over the past few seasons alone, a number of different players around the NBA have been linked in some form or fashion to joining the Utah Jazz.
SLC Dunk writer Taylor Griffin on Thursday shared via Twitter that as players such as Mike Conley and Kevin Love, among others, have been linked to the Jazz, he has edited images of them in Utah jerseys so we can see what they would look like in Jazz threads.
In sharing the images, Griffin publicly wondered which players he'll add to his collection this summer as free agency and trade talks heat up.
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- Former Alta High, BYU star Michele Vasconcelos thriving for Chicago Red Stars
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The Salt Lake Bees didn’t get to play their scheduled game against the Las Vegas Aviators at Smith’s Ballpark on Thursday night because of rain, but the weather didn’t stop a special reunion from happening.
The family of Sgt. First Class Gary Packer thought they were just being honored as the Family of the Night at the game, but as they stood with their backs facing one of the dugouts to be recognized during the rain delay, Gary Packer emerged from that dugout to surprise them.
He has been serving in Iraq for the last 18 months.
Here’s video of the reunion.