We just returned from our last long west coast trip. We left last Monday but it seems like it was a month ago. The flight to Portland was long to say the least. We had to stop and refuel in Minnesota. Once we arrived in Portland it was a very short trip to our hotel which was at the airport. There was not much around the airport to do or places to eat. Upon arrival a few of us headed over to the NIKE employee store. I picked up a couple of things for my wife and daughter. Then I came back to my room and watched the Portland-Seattle game. We play Portland tomorrow night and then fly up to Seattle for a game against the Sonics on Wed.

  Portland beat us. we were a little jet lagged and it showed. Just a step too slow. Off to Seattle. It will be sad to see the Sonics leave town. Seattle is a great city with great fans. I hope that somehow they stay, but it does not look like that is going to happen. We got a win. The guys were much better tonight. Spent the night in Seattle. After the game I went to dinner with John Dunn the AD at Highline Community College. I haven’t seen him in quite some time, so it was good to catch up with him. Left for Sacramento the following morning which was Thursday.

    Arrived in Sacramento safe and sound. It was a beautiful day, so I decided to go out and take advantage of it. Got my haircut and walked around. Went to dinner at Mason’s a fine restaurant with the coaches. We won another on the road with a win in Sacramento. Now it is off to LA. We are staying at the Ritz in Marina del Ray it is a trip to the Staples Center. Coach Jordan had a surprise for everyone on Saturday. Instead of going to practice he had the bus take everyone to Venice beach. Once it was announced everyone cheered and applauded. It was nice to get out and get some fresh air. There are some sights at Venice beach. Nuts, fruits and flakes what a place. It brought back memories of my time of living in California.

    Tha Lakers got us in OT. They are really going to be something if they get back Gasol and Bynum and they are healthy. Before our game there was a D league game. Nobody was there. I did get to see some of the game and I got to say hello to Will Blaylock who I worked out awhile ago when he was at Iowa State. Off to Utah after the game. It was snowing upon arrival. Not much to say about our stay in Utah as they kicked our butts. The last game on the last day of our road trip. I think everyone was wanting to get home. We touched down in Dulles around 4:45 am.

    We survived the west coast swing with a 2 and 3 record. After the trip we are in 5th place in the East. Hopefully we can close out the season and get healthy for the playoffs. Take care and God Bless.

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