Terry Porter's No. 30 retired by BlazersPosted: Updated:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- For a night, Terry Porter put aside the pressures of his first season as head coach of the Phoenix Suns and reveled in his past as a Portland Trail Blazer.
With family, friends and former teammates looking on, the Blazers retired Porter's No. 30 jersey last night at the Rose Garden.
Porter played for the Blazers from 1985-95. He anchored a team that went to the Western Conference finals three times from 1990 to 1992, and to the NBA finals twice.
Porter remains Portland's career leader in assists (5,319) and is its second-leading scorer (11,330). He made a franchise-leading 773 3-pointers on 2,006 attempts. During his tenure with the Blazers, he averaged 14.9 points and seven assists. He had eight triple-doubles.
Asked to describe his strength as a player Porter replied: "toughness, probably. A will to win."