View Full Version : A cool little way to spend MLK day

01-21-2008, 03:22 PM

Blazers take time to learn from the King

Greg Oden ducked his head and stepped through a doorway, back through time.

His Portland Trail Blazers teammates followed and gazed around the old gymnasium with its darkened floor. This was what they came to see, the basketball court at the Butler Street YMCA. There isn't much to it. About 75 feet long, 20 feet shorter than NBA size, with the half-court line about where the 3-point line would be in the league. It is one of those old Eastern gyms, the kind with a track ringing the upper level, similar to the Y in Springfield, Mass., where James Naismith hung peach baskets in 1891.

This YMCA was founded three years later and moved to this site in 1918. Around the middle of the 20th century, this court was where Martin Luther King Jr. played basketball for the Butler Street YMCA's team, the Rebels.

"I thought it was going to be remodeled and everything, but it was the actual wood," Brandon Roy said. "I'm trying to almost go back to that time and picture him running around."


Blazers sure are setting an example for the league.

Love Jarrett Jack's quote too:
"But he was a dude that stood for change, went about it the right way in a peaceful manner, and it's great that they keep him in remembrance."

The fact MLK is "a dude" shows his message still gets across to the youth today.