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Draft rekindles fans’ passion

    As Kevin Pritchard, the Portland Trail Blazers general manager, stood glowing outside the Rose Garden on Wednesday, the Blazers’ ticket office was buzzing.

    Beyond the glass doors of Suite 100 and just past a banner reading “MONUMENTAL, HISTORICAL, EPIC: Portland Lands the No. 1 Pick,” a sales staff of more than 20 was securing season tickets and sponsorships for the 2007-08 season during what one Blazers executive called the biggest single day in the history of the franchise.

    The Tuesday surprise revealing that the Blazers had won the NBA draft lottery and the first pick in the June 28 player draft has injected a sense of optimism and hope to the Blazers and their fans that has the Rose City talking positively about professional basketball again.

     — Excerpt from The Oregonian, May 24, 2007


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