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/r/Ripcity: For Portland Trail Blazers Fans

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I'm a grad student at UCSB. I'm supposed to be working on my dissertation but my friend called me to let me know he was outside the Blazers practice. "I just saw Nurkic pull down a rebound!"

I sprinted across campus to get there. We got to meet Fentress and Highkin, who were waiting for media availability.

I've never done anything like this. I definitely felt like a crazed and unhinged fan but I honestly could not contain my excitement.

There was a small crowd of students. We waited around forever. Then the Blazers finally started streaming out.

Gary Payton II came out with a spring in his step (I think he's not practicing since he's recovering from minor injury?) and spent a long time chatting with students. We gave him a "Go Beavs" and he said something like "hell yeah!" There were a few Bay Area kids excited to meet him.

When Eubanks walked out I said "Troutdale Shaq!" and he laughed a bit about it. I wonder if he's heard that one before.

For Cronin I said "you're doing a great job Mr. Cronin" (not sure I fully believe that yet but he acted really happy to hear it).

A lot of guys were tired and didn't want to talk to students, such as Ant, Nurk, Keon, Jabari, Nas, Trendon, etc. Ant had big ice packs on his knees.

The guys that spent the most time with students were Dame (he was all smiles, laughs, and autographs), Grant (stoic but posed for a lot of photos), GPII (cheerful and excited), Shaedon (completely stonefaced), Hart (neutral), Winslow (neutral), GBIII (reserved), and Billups (he spent a while talking to people and dapped up my friend).

I've never camped out like this. I felt pretty weird being with rabid fans. I usually have some level of chill but not today. I was shaking with excitement for about an hour after.

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