An incredible day for me yesterday, with first The Basketball Jones podcast and then the Rip City Classic.
First, thanks and congratulations to the guys from TBJ. Man, they were fun to goof around with and I really respect their work ethic and expertise.
Now, as far as the charity game, let me say these things:
-- Kudos to LaMarcus Aldridge. This game was an incredible success. Yes, it was not an NBA product, but as far as games like this go, this was just about as good as it gets. The production and game ops were first class -- my goodness, even final boxes with full stats printed out immediately after the game. Aldridge played the whole game and gave the people what they wanted. What a first-class person.
-- The players were terrific with the fans. They signed autographs, tossed their jerseys into the stands, were cordial to the media and just handled themselves in a first-class manner. It was very impressive.
-- Special mention to Kevin Durant. What a class act in all ways. The kid just goes out of his way to be nice to people. What better can you say about anyone, athlete or not?
-- The support staff at the Chiles Center did a great job. Things went so smoothly it was unbelievable. I hope for their sake that many in the sellout crowd were so impressed with the venue that they'll return for some Pilot games this season.
-- Missed you, Brandon Roy. I'm guessing you just didn't want to answer a bunch of amnesty questions?
-- Everyone I saw left the Chiles Center with a smile on his or her face. You can't ask much more than that, can you?