Two of of the Portland Trail Blazers rookies, #7 Brandon Roy and #12 LaMarcus Aldridge, will be writing their thoughts of their first season in the NBA.

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My First Post: What I did the last couple of days
posted: Friday, March 9, 2007 at 5:11 PM

Ok, so this is my first blog. I'm just gonna let you know what I've been up to the last couple of days? Cool? After the San Antonio game, Coach gave me a couple days off, so I got to go up to Seattle and see my girlfriend, who's pregnant. I actually got to go to a doctor's appointment with her, I got to hear his heartbeat, so that was really exciting. I also got a chance to spend a time with family, I got to see my grandmother and we looked through old photo albums, stuff like that, it was fun. And, today, I came back to practice, just trying to get back to work, trying to get back on a winning track. We dropped one, our last game, to San Antonio. So today, we just came in and got a lot of work in, but you can definitely see improvement in our team. It's the last month, but guys are still just trying, improving and wanting to get better, so that is a positive sign.

The excitement of having a newborn is pretty great. At first, I did a good job of keeping it in the back of my mind because it was so far away. Now, she is past her 35 week mark, so he could be born any day now. Now I'm on pins and needles, I'm so excited. I just can't wait until he gets here and I get to be a dad and start a new chapter in my life. My girlfriend is actually up in Seattle, we don't have any family around here and I wanted her to be around family in case the baby was born and I was out of town or something. I just want her to be comfortable and she has a good support group there, I just try and go and visit her as much as possible. I talked to Coach, about being there when he is born, and he said just let him know, they will make sure and get me out of here. We are still trying to improve this team, so right now, I am just trying to balance the two out, but I think Coach know that when I'm out on the court I'm all business and when I get a chance to go back home, then I try and do that. Right now, Coach is saying, being there for the birth of your first child is important and when it come that time, just let him know. And the organization has just been really positive and they're behind me, so I'm just excited about everything right now.

The last couple of days I've been watching some NCAA basketball. I've been watching my Huskies. They lost a tough one last night in the Pac-10 tourney. They have a good young team, four freshman, three sophomores, and they've had some growing pains this year. I told them just to remember all the losses they took this year and take it out on somebody next year. They're excited, they are going to do they're best at NIT and just prepare for next season.

I also watched Oregon a little bit...I watched Cal and UCLA a little bit. We lost in the first round last year of the Pac-10 tourney, like UCLA did. I think they are playing for that national championship. I'm not saying they lost on purpose, they gave a great effort and I just don't think they mind that much that they are done. Coach is going to give them a couple days off and they are going to get ready to make their push. It was surprising, but at the same time, I think it's good for the conference, maybe you can get seven teams in. that would be really amazing.

I think the Ducks are one of the scariest teams in the tournament. They remind me so much of my Washington teams, we put a lot of guards out on the floor. Aaron Brooks is playing great basketball and they have other guys around like Bryce Taylor and they are just playing good basketball. I think Oregon could be one of the big surprises of the NCAA tournament and I think USC is another team that can go in there and be scary. I think the Pac-10 is doing a great job this year, the Washington Huskies are 7th place in the conference, so I think that says a lot about the conference. They're a deep conference, so I hope they can go into this tournament and really make some noise.

We're getting ready to take on Golden State on Sunday. Then we go on the road for the Nuggets and have the Pistons the next night at home. It's going to be a busy week. LaMarcus and I are sharing this blog, so next post will be from him. Maybe he'll let you in on when he met Jamie Foxx. I saw some pics. Looked cool. Talk you guys later!

- Brandon


46 Comments:
Blogger mike said...

Hey Brandon, congrats on your first child, you are in for a blast of a time, we have 4 aged 9 to 20 and would not trade the experence for anything, if you put half the effort into being a dad as you put out on the basketball court you are going to be a wonderful father, keep up the good work and we will see you at the games..

March 9, 2007 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Prudhvi said...

hey mr.Roy im a 12 year old from beaverton, oregon and i love the blazers. U are my favorite player and you are going to be the R.O.Y rookie of the year. It's cool that your blogging, keep doing it!

March 9, 2007 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Prudhvi said...

hey Mr.Roy it's cool that ur blogging and i love the blazers. You are my 3rd favorite player in the nba and u are going to be the R.O.Y rookie of the year. Keep blogging i like readin it. Bye

March 9, 2007 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Andyblazer said...

hey good job B-ROY and L.A, hey brandon if you name your baby after me"Andrew" Ill give you life time babysitting for free, hey come on think about it? Good luck against Golden State Wierdos, I wont be there for that game, but i will for most of them, LETS GO TRAIL BLAZERS!!!!!!!!!!

March 9, 2007 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger charlie said...

Brandon,

Welcome to the club. Happy to have you along. Does the team have a March Madness pull planned, do you know, or will you have to get one together? If not, you guys are more than welcome to get in on mine. Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your child.

Charlie

March 9, 2007 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger charlie said...

Welcome to the club. Happy to have you along. Does the team have a March Madness pull planned, do you know, or will you have to get one together? If not, you guys are more than welcome to get in on mine. Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your child.

March 9, 2007 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Blazer4Life said...

What is scary to me is having you two rookies leading us into the future....and it looks very bright indeed. Thanks for your hard work and skills you bring to Ptown.

March 9, 2007 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger the_drew_69 said...

well said Roy ! I loved your blog GP BLAZERS GO

March 9, 2007 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger RoyisJesus said...

I can't believe that Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge have their own blog and posts in it on the site. This is great for the fans, and it's great for the city of Portland to get to know two of the young men that have finally brought hope back to the Blazers after a horrible past three years. Go Blazers!

March 9, 2007 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger tblzrfan said...

Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your first child. Have you and your girlfriend decided on a name yet? You are going to be a great dad!

Keep up the great work with the Blazers, and I hope that you are here for many years. You are one of the best things to happen to the Blazers in a very long time. I had given up hope on the team, but you, LaMarcus, Sergio, and the rest of this year's team has brought me back. Good luck on making the playoffs this year.

March 9, 2007 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger snoochie_boo said...

Hey Brandon,

Congrats on your on your firstborn. I just had my first (a boy) on 2/27/07. It's a life changing experience. You'll love it. Good luck and thanks for keeping in touch with the fans. You and LaMarcus are doing awesome and I look forward to our future with you. I'll see you guys at the Warriors game.

March 9, 2007 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger snoochie_boo said...

Hey Brandon,

Congrats on your on your firstborn. I just had my first (a boy) on 2/27/07. It's a life changing experience. You'll love it. Good luck and thanks for keeping in touch with the fans. You and LaMarcus are doing awesome and I look forward to our future with you. I'll see you guys at the Warriors game.

March 9, 2007 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Alejandro said...

Hey congrats with the baby, i know what your going through cause I have a girlfriend who is 5 months pregnant with my first kid so i kinda know what your feeling. Hope everything goes well there and keep bloging, its nice to hear from the players especially from the future rookie of the year.

March 9, 2007 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger SarahSei said...

Congrats on becoming a father! You are going to be a great dad! See you on Wednesday!

March 9, 2007 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Blazers Nation said...

Brandon...

Can't say too many times how thrilled we are to have you here in Portland. We're all looking forward to getting to yell for you here in Portland for many, many years to come.

I want to say congrats on the coming little one, too. I'll bet Martell is making "evil" plans as we speak to completely fill your house, locker, car, etc. with Elmo baby stuff.

Busy week coming up for you, Brandon. 5 games in 8 days. Denver and Detroit back to back, getting back in town late from Denver. Ouch. Your rookie season is going so well, though. Just more stops on the "Brandon Roy - Welcome to NBA Stardom Tour."

Question: We've heard you're really into the X's and O's. I'd love to hear you describe the Blazers basic offensive and defensive sets. Don't tell us any trade secrets. Just give us the "NBA Strategy 101" version from your point of view.

Thanks so much again for connecting with us here, Brandon :D

And LaMarcus... congrats on the 30 pts. game. Thank you thank you thank you for getting it against the Bobcats and Adam Morrison. You may never know how the timing of when and who that career night happened against thrilled those who were hoping more than a year ago you would be a Portland Trail Blazer.

LaMarcus, we also want the dirt on this "big competition" Kevin Pritchard mentioned going on between you and Sergio in the weight room. Your fans want to let you know we're certain this month's minor setback was a temporary one. ;)

March 9, 2007 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Amehl said...

Hey Brandon. congrats on the kid man. I think you'll make a good father. I really like the direction the team is going. That game against the Spurs was really dissapointing, but you guys showed a lot of heart. just a word of advice: be a little more aggressive Brandon. I know I'm in no position to say anything about your silky-smooth game, but you can probably score about 25-27 ppg if you wanted to. This team needs a great scorer (besides Zach). I honestly think we'll make the playoffs next season if we continue to improve. Keep up the good work!

March 9, 2007 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Dee Ann said...

Hey Brandon-Great to have another way to get to know you and LaMarcus better.It has been great to watch you grow as a team and improve as the season has progressed. Congrats on the upcoming birth of your son! Here's to "rocking the garden" on Wednesday and sending the Warriors home with a loss.

March 10, 2007 at 1:40 AM  
Blogger Amehl said...

What's up Brandon? I'm glad to hear you're having a baby. you'll make a good father. Anyway, be more aggressive during games. You can score 25-30 points pretty much every game.

March 10, 2007 at 2:40 AM  
Blogger ori said...

Hey Brandon I just wanted to say if you have a second child it will mean alot to the brothers. Take it from the point of veiw from a middle brother it's great to have an older brother who you can always look up to and talk your problems out with. My brother and me, we got eachother's backs and maybe if you have (you don't have to) they will to
From,
Ori Sanilevich

March 10, 2007 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

Hey Brandon I just wanted to thank you again for your hard work. Also, congratulations on having a son.

March 10, 2007 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger kj22moss said...

Hi Brandon. Do you remember me Kaden? I'm 5 years old. I met you and shook your hand before a game. You're my favorite player and I have your bobblehead. I hope you will be rookie of the year.

March 10, 2007 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Hey Brandon, congrats on your first child. I am expecting my first as well, mine's gonna be a girl. My girlfriend and I watch every game we can, even attend a few. I look forward to you having a great career in Portland, and my autographed ball going up in value when you win R.O.Y. Again, congrats and thanks for your hard work.

March 10, 2007 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger isabel322 said...

This is an awesome idea...but what about Sergio ? does he get to blog?

March 10, 2007 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger rstone27 said...

First off, Congrats on the upcoming child... It really is a life changing experience, frightening and joyful at the same time. With the amount of maturity that you show on the court, I don't think you'll have any problem with parenthood.
Secondly, you have an amazing knack for getting into the lane and creating/making difficult shots. It is really an asset to have someone of your caliber on the team. I (and I'm sure I'm not the only Blazer fan who thinks this) really believe that with the young core of talent that the team now has, great things are going to open up for the team.
Thank you for your professionalism, maturity, openness, and honesty. It is definitely a wonderful change from what has happened to this team in the past. But the past is the past. No reason to look back now, only ahead to some very successful years.
Thanks again.

March 10, 2007 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger lil_hustle_4 said...

hey brandon, im one of your cousins from cali you making us so proud man. i still remember when you rock the afro you. go blazers

March 11, 2007 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger Todd said...

Hey fellas, great idea. I'm (cough cough) a Laker fan but I'm a hoops fan first and I got mad respect for you guys. It's good to see some excellent, hungry players up there in a great hoops town. Best wishes to you both (not like you need much help) and Sergio....and that beast Zach Randolph-even though he let me down fantasy-wise last year...

March 11, 2007 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger 4Real2Blazer0 said...

Don't even think about playin in sea-town. Lived in both cities, no hood in seattle..Don't settle on R-O-Y. We need an all-star.

March 11, 2007 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Janse said...

Congrats on your baby coming. You are playing great this year, as expected. This draft class has brought so much hope to all Blazer fans this year and for the future. I love the idea of you two blogging, it is a great way to really know the player and you will really enlarge your fan base. Just stay healthy and keep doing what you are doing.

March 11, 2007 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Dulce92 said...

Hey Brandon WOW congrats on the baby! We all know you will make a really great father! I may only be 14 but let me know if you ever need a babysitter!! I would be more then happy to babysit for FREE! (i love kids!!) well good luck with everything and keep up the good work! GO BLAZERS!! and i hope to see another blog real soon Love Dulce #22

March 11, 2007 at 4:51 PM  
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March 11, 2007 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Howzit Brandon?

Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii! I am a transplanted Blazer fan wishing you congratulations on yor new family and the wonderful season you are putting together in Portland.

Blazer fans are ecstatic to have a player with talent and character and we all wish you blessings in your athletic career and personal life.

Mahalo, Steve

March 11, 2007 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger AUDRINA00 said...

Hello Mr. Roy! WOW what a wonderful season! You know, my fiance and I were discussing how fun it has been-how entertaining and exciting- and he told me to write to your blog to express how the Blazer chemistry is so great these days it reminds him of the younger Terry Porter/Clyde Drexler years. I can't exactly say I have been along for the ride since the beginning, since I have not been a big B ball fan, but I AM now! I just hope that we keep most of the team together for a little while to keep the vibe going...AWESOME job to everyone! A pleasure to watch, win or lose we will be there from now on! Season tickets here we come!

March 11, 2007 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Hawaiianboy808 said...

Hey brandon, huge fan of yours. i watch every game and even go 2 the games when i have time. congrats on your first newborn. I love reading your blog keep it up. Also i live in aloha am 21 years old. u r my favorite player in the nba. i love the blazers and hope u guys do great. Go BLAZERS!!!!!

March 12, 2007 at 3:08 AM  
Blogger spanishchocolate said...

Congratullations for this very good idea but, does anybody know how many rookies do portland have?

March 12, 2007 at 6:26 AM  
Blogger Harold Mangum said...

from FatCat

make an honest woman of her Roy.

congratulations. keep up the good work, you will go far in business and family

fatcat

March 12, 2007 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Brandon,

Thanks for being a real person with us! It's really nice to meet you for real without all the PR hype. It is a really special time for the two of you when your first child comes into the world. I am really thankful that the organization & the coaching staff is willing to let you enjoy this time without putting a bunch of pressure or guilt on you for being away. It seems like they are trying to have the right priorities when it comes to personel issues.
Keep doing what you are doing on the court! As you can see, the fans are really responding your effort & intensity. It will become appartant that if you let us, we will really support you and the team. We are really excited to welcome you to our family & hope for a long relationship & of course, a lot of wins.

Thanks!!

March 12, 2007 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger amethyst said...

Hey Brandon,
I love finding this blog. (I've been reading Nate the GR8's for the past year.)I'd like for the background color to change to something other than black, though.

Good Luck on ROY. Who else is up for it, again?

Re: PAC 10 play - I don't think we should have had 6 teams chosen, I think Stanford should have stayed out and another Big 12 team been added. It was SO disappointing for UW to be snubbed by the NIT, though. Next year, I think Stanford will come on strong and UW should be more jelled... I wonder if WSU will get better? I can't get behind OR much myself.
As for the SO CAL teams, I'll never back them. They're always going to get good recruits.
The rest of us just have to be good as teams!

Do you ever hear from Tre? He's my fav player from UW. I know he played in Greece, then in Spain (Canary Is.)

Best wishes on your fatherhood and the rest of your season. You're a great role model! Roy for R.O.Y.!

March 12, 2007 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger jazziebaby21 said...

Hey Brandon, i never realized that you were about to be a father... congratulations!!! I have been a HUGE fan of yours, ever since UW (and i am going to WSU, so I'm the only Cougar fan that was cheering for you when you came and played at our school last season) But besides that congratulations on everything that you have going on in your life, I'll be supporting you all the way!!! and i love the fact that you are doing this blog thing, too.... please don't stop that

March 12, 2007 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Rookie Fan said...

Great idea to have you guys blog. Maybe Sergio could blog in Spanish? Lots of folks would love it, and might encourage some to take on a second language!

March 14, 2007 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Ramzwarren said...

Brandon,

I am an '05 UW Graduate and moved to Portland a year ago. It has been a blast to see you progress over the years...I saw you play once in high school, saw all your UW games and enjoyed the frenzy your teams success created...now to be able to come out and watch you have such an incredible rookie year has been so much fun. I bought tickets to watch you play Nate Rob the second they went on sale...I was so bummed he wasn't able to play in that game! Anyways, I just wanted to say congrats on all your success, and on your new baby. Its been a pleasure following your career. And Can you believe the dawgs got snubbed by the NIT?!!
-Ramsey Warren

March 14, 2007 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Ramzwarren said...

Brandon,

I am an '05 UW Graduate and moved to Portland a year ago. It has been a blast to see you progress over the years...I saw you play once in high school, saw all your UW games and enjoyed the frenzy your teams success created...now to be able to come out and watch you have such an incredible rookie year has been so much fun. I bought tickets to watch you play Nate Rob the second they went on sale...I was so bummed he wasn't able to play in that game! Anyways, I just wanted to say congrats on all your success, and on your new baby. Its been a pleasure following your career. And Can you believe the dawgs got snubbed by the NIT?!!
-Ramsey Warren

March 14, 2007 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Hey Brandon, congrats on your first child. You would be a great father. Also, thanks for contributing to the rebuilding process of the Blazers. I love the way you play and what you can do on a court. Its amazing for the fact that your a rookie, the greatest rook ever. Good luck with your kid and the R.O.Y. campaign. Which I have no doubt that you are going to win. What you did in Roy, OR was great which I believe is part of bringing the fans back to games. Sorry about Huskies but I love them too, plan to attend college there myself. Well, anyway, I have this basketball tournament coming up, I just wanted to know how I could improve on my ball handling, on consistent shooting from the field and free throw line. If you have any drill you do, would you please tell me!!! That would be great. Best to luck to you and the Blazers this year and many years to come. Because I'll be rooting you guys on. Especially at the closing end of this season and for the playoffs.

March 14, 2007 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Pacer'sstlgirl said...

Hey B-Roy, My name is Joscily and i'm 12 yrs old commin from St.Louis, livin in Flat rock. anyways, congrats on your upcoming baby, i hope it will become strong and nice like you are. Also i hope it will have skills like you. good luck and have fun.

-Joscilyn
p.s You are so cute!!!

March 18, 2007 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger jdawgg190 said...

Hey Brandon, I'm 14 years old and I live in Gresham, Oregon. I love watching you play on t.v. and hate it when the games aren't televised. I have learned so much from watching you this season. I'm really trying to improve my game so I've been watching games as much as possible and I've become a lot better just from watching you play. I'm hoping that someday I can be a Portland Trailblazer. Congratulations on your first child.

Jared Ell

March 18, 2007 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger rmcdougall said...

Brandon, I love your blog and your game. I really enjoy reading what you write. It's like reading Paul Shirley's blog, but (no offense to him) from a starter and Rookie of the Year. You have the "down-home" style mixed with the "my apartment has many leather-bound books" (Anchorman) sensibility.

And congratulations.

March 23, 2007 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger lil_hustle_4 said...

MAN I JUST CANT BELIEVE IT THIS IS FEELING I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED. MY BIG COUSIN IS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AND A PROUD FATHER. MAN COUSIN WHEN YOU WHERE A SENIOR AT WASHINGTON I TOLD EVERYONE THAT BRANDON ROY WAS GONNA BE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. YOU WENT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM THEN STAYED ON TOP. I TOLD EVERYBODY WHO KNOWS ABOUT BASKETBALL AT THE BARBERSHOP MY BROTHER WORKS AT. THEY WAS SOME HATERS THEY LIKE THE LAKERS SO THEY HOLLARED JORDAN FARHMER.THEY TOLD ME WHEN YOU WERE A SENIOR YOU WOULDN'T GET DRAFTED. KNOW WHEN THEY SEE AND MY BROTHER THEY SHUT THAT MOUTH. YOU SHOWED THE WORLD THAT NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE THE ATHLETIC SKILLS BUT YOU HAVE HEART THE WILL AND DESIRE, AND THAT YOUR A WONDERFUL PERSON OFF THE COURT AND I KNOW YOUR PARENTS ARE SO PROUD OF YOU I KNOW MINE ARE. IM GLAD TO BE YOUR COUSIN AND HOPEFULLY I'LL SEE YOU AT THE FAMILY REUNION THIS SUMMER IN JULY. OH YEAH IMA HAVE TO SAY NEXT YEAR YOU'LL BE AN ALL STAR. I THINK SAY THIS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY WE LOVE YOU. YOUR DOING A AWSOME JOB ON AND OFF THE COURT AND YOUR PARENT I CANT EXPLAIN THE JOY THEY HAVE.

May 4, 2007 at 5:08 AM  

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