Hours After Blazers Superstar Damian Lillard Complaint, Moda Center Ready To Allow Fans – fr

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Hours After Blazers Superstar Damian Lillard Complaint, Moda Center Ready To Allow Fans – fr


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Damian Lillard fired at Governor Kate Brown from Cleveland on Tuesday, lamenting her decision to bar fans from attending Portland Trail Blazers games at the Moda Center.

Lillard, the Blazers star and arguably Oregon’s most popular man, complained on Twitter Tuesday that the Blazers remain the only National Basketball Association team not to allow fans in the arena.

“So we became the only damn team in the whole league without fans,” Lillard wrote, as the Blazers arrived in Cleveland for the last of a six-game road trip.

His teammate CJ McCollum was quick to respond, “I wonder why we have had a better record on the road.” He added a laughing emoji.

The Blazers front office submitted a plan to the governor’s office last month that would allow a limited number of fans in the arena, and they tested the logistics with team employees. L’Oregonian reported last week that Brown’s office approved the Moda center plan – then rescinded that approval when Multnomah County entered an “extreme risk” category last week amid rising cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations.

Fans were allowed to return in small numbers to the Thorns and Timbers football games in Providence Park last month – but they were banned with the lockdown renewed.

By the thinnest of margins, Brown avoided a second week of restrictions on Tuesday and will reopen indoor dining rooms and other gathering spaces from May 7.

His office said Thorns and Timbers fans could return this weekend – and nodded to WW that the Blazers could be allowed at least a few fans in the arena.

“Updates to the guidelines for inland sites had been on hold while counties were at extreme risk,” Brown spokesman Charles Boyle wrote. “We will publish revised domestic capacity limits tomorrow, with counties reverting to High Risk on Friday.”

Republicans in the Oregon Senate mocked Brown on Tuesday night, saying she only gave in because Lillard had criticized her.

Lillard’s comments signal the extent of frustration over Brown’s reopening schedule. This is significant not only because his bully chair is so big, but because the Blazers have been heavily involved in state messaging on COVID-19.

The Blazers have played in front of an empty arena all season. They became one of the first NBA teams to get most players vaccinated, getting vaccinated early by scooping up excessive doses from the Confederate tribes of the Grand Ronde.

On day one, could the team allow fans to the Moda Center? Friday, when the Blazers are expected to host … the Los Angeles Lakers.

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