TuesdOY, June 7, 1977
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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MVP WALTON LEADS PARADE
Blazermania overwhelms Portland
By The Associated Press
PORTLAND - More than 50,000 people jam-
med the streets of downtown Portland Monday
to cheer the Portland Trail Blazers' meteoric
rise to the National Basketball Association title.
Led by an incredibly loose Bill Walton, the
Blazers paraded, through the streets as confetti
streamed from the upper floors of downtown
buildings. The players and coaches shook hands
with everybody in sight and whooped it up at a
big rally at the end of the line.
WALTON, in cutoffs and a sweat shirt with a
big lipstick print on his cheek, was the undis-
puted star of the show. He started the parade
on his 10-speed bicycle but lost the bike some-
where along the route. He said his decision to
ride the bicycle "may have been the stupidest
thing I've ever done," and he asked whoever
wound up with it to "please bring it back. It's
the only bike I've got."
Those who think of Walton as a shy, intro-
verted, somber person wouldn't have recognized
"THIS IS as much fun as I've ever had in
any sport since I started playing when I was
eight years old," he told some 8,000 people who
gathered at the Federal Plaza at the end of the
parade route. "I can't imagine it getting any
better, but I'm sure you folks will find a way
to make it that way."
With that, he made one of several pleas for
cold beer from the crowd and surrendered the
microphone to other Blazer players and officials.
TWICE, when Portland Mayor Neil Gold-
schmidt was at the mike, Walton doused him
from behind with beer and the crowd cheered.
The world championship trophy also got a beer
bath at the celebration.
Several times along the parade route, and
again at the rally, the Blazers threw basketballs
into the crowd.
Broadway, the city's main downtown artery,
was completely jammed with people for at least
"The only problem I saw was getting a hole
in the crowd big enough to get the parade
through," said Portland police Sgt. Roy Ken-
"I'VE NEVER seen that many people in one
stretch of roadway," he said.
Kendricks said police had no way of estimat-
ing how many people showed up to cheer the
Blazers, but he said a guess of at least 50,000
"is not unreasonable."
Goldschmidt proclaimed Monday "Trail Blazer
Day" in Portland and Gov. Bob Straub declared
this week. "Trail Blazer Fan Week" in Oregon.
"This is such an exciting event we ought to
do it again next year," Straub said.
BLAZER COACH Jack Ramsay, his bald head
rose red from the sunshine, called Portland's
championship 'campaign "maybe the greatest
season that professional basketball has ever
The parade was not an organized affair, with
the crowd close enough to reach out and touch
the outstretched arms of the players.
Johnny Davis, the Portland guard who would
have been a college senior this year, just kept
shaking his head and saying, "I don't believe it."
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