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.
Brandon Roy Jr. stole the show at today’s press conference for the contract extension for Portland Trail Blazer guard Brandon Roy. I’m guessing we will see a lot of BJ in the years to come as Brandon seems to enjoy exposing his children to the professional side of his life.
The Blazers pulled off a win tonight at the Rose Garden in Portland, but the NBA lost one of it’s most respectable players. Houston’s Dikembe Mutombo injured his knee and it will likely end his 18-year NBA career. His injury came midway through his 1,297th game.
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.
About 250 Portland Trail Blazer fans camped outside in the cold at the Rose Garden to wait in line to buy tickets for the playoffs. The first person in line showed up at noon and will have to wait a full 24-hours in line. Thanks to Tom Boyd for the heads up on this. I was supposed to go in the morning, but Boyd heard on the radio that people were already out there after tonight’s game. I decided it would make much better pictures in the middle of the night than in the daytime.
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.