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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: A Comic Con cosplayer dressed as Teen Wolf poses during the 2017 New York Comic Con - Day 2 on October 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
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Air Bud
Air Bud (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images) /

The Trail Blazers could fetch another multi-sport athlete

There aren’t many athletes that have won championships at any level in five different sports. But then again, Air Bud is no ordinary athlete. He’s not even an ordinary dog.

He has the scrappy background that often makes a hungry competitor. Bud was also smart enough to tear down “lost” posters featuring his face, so he could certainly manage learning enough of the Blazers’ system to be helpful immediately.

He would instantly become Portland’s best on-ball defender and offensive rebounder, and hopefully his ability to disrupt birthday parties, home renovation projects, and at least one junior high school basketball game would translate into chaos-making on the defensive end of the court.

Like Howard, Bud has a proven record of being able to elevate his teammates; he led the Fernfield Timberwolves to a remarkable comeback win in his only appearance on the court. He’s a dominant post scorer and, again like Howard, has demonstrated an ability to hit clutch late-game free throws.

Rarely do teams have a chance to make a mid-season addition with a championship pedigree. And Bud’s rags-to-riches story is an inspiration for Portlandians young and old, two- and four-legged alike. Imagine 20,000 voices in the Moda Center chanting “Who’s a good boy?”

Just thinking about it makes my tail wag.