I am becoming a bit of a specialist in photographing nasty knee injuries. Add Greg Oden to the list. Before Oden, was the career ending injury to Dikembe Mutombo and the end of Dennis Dixon’s Heisman hopes in AZ.
The Portland Trail Blazers ended their season after loosing game 6 in Houston Thursday night. Although it would have been great to see a game seven, I am looking forward to the summertime in Portland. Anyone that has spent a summer there knows what I am talking about. While having post-game drinks with fellow photographers Jamie Francis, Eric Kayne and designer Tanyia Johnson I added up the number of basketball games I photographed this season. 52 Blazer games, 6 NCAA tournament games, 2 OSU games and 2 Portland State games for a total of 62 basketball games since Halloween. Already looking forward to next season …
The Portland Trail Blazers did not match up well against the Houston Rockets at the Rose Garden as the two teams met in the first round of the playoffs. Game 2 will be in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday night.
During the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder I overheard Portland Trail Blazer GM Kevin Pritchard ask official Jack Nies if the game would be his last. Turns out that it was indeed his last game of a 29 year career. I thought it made a nice picture as the other officials working the game gave Nies a hug at the end of the game.
I think my remote camera bailed me out tonight. I didn’t have much that I liked from my position on the floor. Here are a few others from the same remote camera. It was mounted on the standard just below the level of the backboard.