Oct. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt (8) reacts on the court prior to the game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 104-93. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Ode to the Russia Bound Luke Babbitt

The one and only Chalupacabra has played his last days in Portland and, possibly, the NBA. Luke Babbitt’s agent announced this morning that Babbitt would sign a 1 year deal with the European basketball club BC Nizhny Novgorod. In order to find success, Babbitt needs to get minutes that just aren’t available to him in the NBA at his current skill level.

Luke’s agent, Bill Duffy, had this to say:

My take is Luke needs to play 30 minutes a game and play a more expanded role. We’ve had recent success with both Danny Green (of the San Antonio Spurs) and Patrick Beverley (of the Houston Rockets) getting an opportunity to develop their games in Europe and returning to the NBA. The NBA is a league of opportunity. We feel strongly this is the best move for Luke at this time.

Via Chris Haynes, CSNNW

I couldn’t agree more. My feelings toward Luke Babbitt have always been perhaps more transparent than they should have been. To put it bluntly, he was a waste of time and money for the Blazers (sorry, Luke). So in memory of Babbitt’s time in Portland, I offer this ode from the perspective of one of my good friends, as it is far more Babbitt friendly than my own:

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Babbitt Empire (as he shall be referred to from here on out) is the only player in NBA history to shoot over 100% from the 3-point line. This underrated defender was primarily known for his rugged good looks and ability to score at will. His disappearance from Portland’s roster is a travesty on par with Youtube advertisements and the temporary demise of the Twinkie.

He will fit in well on the Russian squad, as he survived the harsh winters of Reno, Nevada on a diet of raw potatoes and pushups. BC Nizhny Novgorod is fortunate enough to have stolen the underutilized, white LeBron of the NBA. Babbitt Empire will take over as the face of the franchise, until the NBA realizes their mistake and begs him to return with bated breath. He will be missed.

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Babbitt averaged 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game over three seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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