I know that as an old timer I'll get some eye rolls for trotting out what is ancient history for most on this site but.......Lloyd Neal is without a doubt one of the most (if not THE most) under appreciated Blazers of all time. You would have had to watch him over the course of his career to "get" it. He was 6'7" at most, but if you tracked his advanced stats (that didn't exist when he played) he would have been at the top (or over) on most charts. His rebounding alone for his size was truly impressive. And no matter what, the guy kept his head down, his mouth shut and his butt in high gear. The year following the championship the Blazers were the hottest team in the league and almost a lock for another championship. When Walton went down, Portland (literally) hardly missed a beat because Neal stepped in and over the course of the next 4-5 games averaged twenty plus points AND rebounds per game. And we kept winning. Then HIS knees went and THAT is when their wheels actually fell off of that team. I still believe we would have won a ring that year if Neal had stayed healthy, Walton be damned. Which also underlines how much Twardzik, Steele, Hollins, et al meant to team. It's only if we win another championship that people will truly understand how important the role players are compared to the "stars".......and then they'll understand the reverence with which we hold them.....and why.