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Life as a Blazer Fan, May 2007

The first video is the party scene that quickly became one of the great moments in Blazer history. The second video is General Manager Kevin Pritchard, fresh off a red eye, addressing Blazer staffers, talking about hugging in the men's room, and adding, quite sincerely, "this is our time."

UPDATE: Also, TrueHoop reader Brett e-mails an interesting question that I don't know the answer to: "Does anyone know if Portland would have lost the coin flip with Minnesota if Minnesota would have gotten the ping pong balls associated with Portland and vice versa. If this is the case, then that coin flip a month ago could have been the difference between the new Blazer hope and a potential KG/Oden or KG/Durant combo."

UPDATE: TrueHoop reader Mike did some math:

It looked like from the ESPN telecast that there was a big board with all of the possibilities for teams (250 for MEM, 199 for BOS, etc.), and the 1,001 4 ball combinations (1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-5, etc.). I laid all of the 1,001 combos out on an Excel spreadsheet, from 1-2-3-4 to 11-12-13-14.

Reading from nba.com, it sounded like the Celtics guy needed a 1 or a 2 to come out. This told me that there was a direct order -- Memphis had 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-5, all the way down to 1-7-12-14. Boston had 1-7-13-14 plus the next 198 combos.

Now, if there were no tie for 6th and 7th (Portland and Minnesota), 6th would get 63 combos and 7th would get 43 combos. With a tie, each would get 53 combos. The 6th place combo starts with 5-6-10-14.

The 63rd combo is 5-12-13-14. (The first 7th place combo is 6-7-8-9.) But with a tie, the 6th place team's 53rd and last combo is 5-9-13-14. If that looks familiar, that is because that was the four ball combination drawn for the top pick.

So you could definitely say that the coinflip was the key -- Minnesota wins the flip, they get all the sixth place balls, they get the top pick.