Greatest Trail Blazers: #3 Thompson Vs. #6 Neal
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/16/2011 1:19 PM

    Who should advance?
    #3 Mychal Thompson (13)
     57%
    #6 Lloyd Neal (10)
     43%


    FREMONT REGION
    #3 Mychal Thompson vs. #6 Lloyd Neal



    No. 43 Mychal Thompson | Forward | 6-10 | 226 lbs
    Written By Sarah Hecht
    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 34.3 mpg, 16.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 0.9 spg, 1.4 bpg, .505 FG%, .000 3PT%, .640 FT%

    As the No. 1 pick in the 1978 draft Mychal Thompson had high expectations to live up to. And live up to them he did.

    Thompson’s rookie season saw him average 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds and be named to the All-Rookie team. He missed his sophomore season with an ankle injury but came back with a vengeance. In his eight seasons as a Trail Blazer he piled up averages of 16.7 points and 8.9 rebounds. His name still litters the Portland career leader boards: First in blocked shots (768), first in defensive rebounds (3,389), third in total rebounds (4,878) as well as top ten in games played, field goals made, free throws made, minutes played, field goal percentage, points, personal fouls and assists.

    With your name as solidly entrenched in Trail Blazers history as Thompson’s, it’s impossible not to be in the running for the Greatest Trail Blazer of All Time.

    Schonely Speaks:
    "Mychal does not get enough credit for all of his efforts, in my opinion. He talks a lot, but he can flat back it up."

    Photo Gallery: Mychal Thompson Through The Years



    No. 36 Lloyd Neal | Forward | 6-7 | 225 lbs
    Written By Sarah Hect
    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 25.3 mpg, 11.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.9 bpg, .485 FG %, .672 FT%

    There’s always a first for everything. Lloyd Neal holds a special first in Trail Blazers history. He was the first to have his jersey—number 36— retired to the rafters of the Memorial Coliseum, in March of 1979.

    Neal wore a Trail Blazers uniform for seven seasons beginning in 1972 when he was drafted by Portland with the 31st pick of the third round. Playing all 82 games his rookie season, Neal averaged 13.4 points and yanked down a career high 11.8 rebounds. With that performance he finished second in Rookie of the Year voting. The next six years saw Neal earn a career average of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.

    Though Neal was a solid defensive asset and a strong rebounder, it wasn’t his stats that made him stand out, it was his reliability. Consistently filling in for frequently injured Bill Walton, his contributions from the bench we’re finally rewarded with a part in the 1977 NBA Championship.

    Schonely Speaks:
    "The nickname 'Pin-bottom'. Great defender. Rebounder. A champion. And, again, did not receive the credit that he truly deserved."

    Photo Gallery: Lloyd Neal Through The Years

    The polls will stay open for one week. The player with the most votes will move onto the next round. Who should advance in this matchup and why?

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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/16/2011 1:56 PM

    Thompson has the numbers, Neal has the value...not sure which way I'm leaning on this one.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 08/16/2011 2:13 PM

    Took Lloyd Neal with the upset. There's got to be something special about him if he was teh first ever Trail Blazer to have his jersey number retired, you know? Also, being the greatest Trail Blazer doesn't mean you were simply a better player. Intangibles, role, and value all need to be taken into consideration. Without Neal, we don't win that 77 title as he was so vital in backing up Mo and Walton. If we would have went down, we would have been done for!
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  1. daveschedin
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    Posted 08/16/2011 8:30 PM

    May be the toughest choice yet..had to go with Mychal's stats, and he was sometimes #1 option along with Pax..memories of that championship team though..Neal a tough as nails dude. Mychal gets the vote here
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  1. BlazerBear
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    Posted 08/17/2011 1:07 PM

    I'm a sucker for hardware and thats what Neal helped bring home. It would be a different story if Thompson had got us at least to the WCF, but the second round was as far as we went with him as one of the main pieces. Yhe Blazers actually went 2-7 in 9 total playoff series during Thompson's tenure (78-86). Mychal did average about 15 & 8 during the 83 & 85 postseason (the years Portland advanced to the 2nd round of the playoffs) while Neal averaged 4 & 4 roughly in both of his playoff appearances. It looks like Neal's numbers went down as soon as we acquired Lucas.
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  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 08/18/2011 2:51 PM

    Lloyd's stats in which you wont see here is the fits he used to give other teams. Him playing center/forward said it all about our team small but harder than woodpecker lips. His play was not going to leave you breathless it just told you that he battled for every possesion and if you were going to play with him you had better get to work. I cant say enough about Lloyd except that maybe he is the only true blue collar player ever to get his number retired
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  1. mbmurr1
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    Posted 08/18/2011 8:56 PM

    Mychael get the vote.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/19/2011 11:14 AM

    Posted By barnettfan on 08/18/2011 2:51 PM
    Lloyd's stats in which you wont see here is the fits he used to give other teams. Him playing center/forward said it all about our team small but harder than woodpecker lips. His play was not going to leave you breathless it just told you that he battled for every possesion and if you were going to play with him you had better get to work. I cant say enough about Lloyd except that maybe he is the only true blue collar player ever to get his number retired

    I think you swayed me. Neal sounds like the type of player every team needs if they are going to win the championship. You're right, his numbers won't WOW you, but he did all of the little things that count just as much but don't show up in the box score. So far the vote is tied at 7 apiece. This one could go down to the wire and be the biggest upset of the first round.
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  1. daddylogan
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    Posted 08/19/2011 12:36 PM

    Lloyd all the way...first his presence helped IMPROVE the team and helped them turn the corner. Next, I believe he just barely lost rookie of the year honors to Bob McAdoo...and Bob McAdoo was a monster player so that is good company. Lastly, as others of said, he was a main part of the engine that brought us home our one and only piece of hardware. Michael had good numbers, but his impact on the Blazers was not as great...in my opinion.

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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 08/20/2011 3:44 PM

    from what you've all said and the descriptions, this is an interesting matchup. Thompson's numbers were better,  but Neal's reliability helped bring us a championship. probably a close call, but i'm going with Neal on this one.

    ~KMM
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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 08/20/2011 3:44 PM

    from what you've all said and the descriptions, this is an interesting matchup. Thompson's numbers were better,  but Neal's reliability helped bring us a championship. probably a close call, but i'm going with Neal on this one.

    ~KMM
    I am a fan of my team fighting to win each and every game.
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/22/2011 12:28 PM

    Thompson avoids the upset bug, barely by winning 12-10!
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