Oct 17, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Coby Karl (7) hugs his father, Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl after the game at the Rose Garden. The Blazers won the game 97-80. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US

Happy Father’s Day from Rip City Project

Happy Father’s Day, Rip City! Take some time to appreciate the man that helped bring you into this world. If you see him today, give him a hug and a thank you. If not, give him a phone call. If he positively molded the person you see in the mirror, let him hear it.

I know my father cultivated my love for basketball. If it weren’t for his care and guidance through the years, I may not know the joys and sorrows of being a Blazer fan. I am fortunate enough to join him and my mother this afternoon for some good food and game 5 of the NBA Finals (Go Spurs!).

The ever-conscious person and player that he is, Damian Lillard recognizes that not everyone is afforded this luxury. So if you’ve got a strong woman in your life that plays two roles, be sure to thank her too.

Special thanks to Wes Matthews Sr., whose son followed so closely in his footsteps to arrive in the NBA, just like his old man. The good apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but the seed has rooted in Portland and grown into a core player (pun limit reached).

To all the children out there, do something nice for dear old dad. And to all the fathers, endure it; they’re trying. Happy Father’s Day!


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