By HENRY ABBOTT and DAVID THORPE
David Thorpe and I have been calling each other up and talking basketball since we had tiny kids. Now my oldest drives a car and his twins are making college selections. Our conversations have always been all over the place; David watches every team in the league on his four televisions, and has observations about everyone from Charlotte’s Devonte’ Graham to Sacramento’s Nemanja Bjelica. I, on the other hand, grew up in Portland, fell in love with the NBA listening to the Trail Blazers on my walkman, and generally try to steer the topic to Portland. He must get tired of this.
So it meant something the other day when David brought up the Blazers.
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