Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More Red

As you may know, Bill Walton's son, Luke, is a member of the 2009 NBA champion Los Angles Lakers. Luke is named after Bill Walton's teammate on the 1977 NBA champion Portland Trail Blazers-Maurice Lucas.

After the Lakers won the championship in June, Papa Bill Walton wrote a lovely letter to his son telling him how proud he is of him.

But Walton being Walton, could not help compare his son's Lakers to his very own Trail Blazers.

Check it out:

Luke, you mentioned the historical reference to your team's abilities. When you get to be my age, trash talking is about all that's left. I fully admit, Luke, that your team is really, really good. Kobe is supreme. Pau, Lamar and Andrew are all top of the line. And Phil Jackson is brilliant.

Right next to your smile on my spirit and soul are the immortal words of Jack Ramsay, who recently said on the 30th anniversary of the 1977 World Champion Blazers in putting that team's abilities in historical context:

"I like our team. We'll take our chances. Anywhere. Anytime. Against anybody."

Blazers in four, Luke. Never forget why you are named after Maurice Lucas.

Love, Dad

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