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Steve 'Snapper' Jones Honored at Timberwolves Game

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    Steve “Snapper” Jones was honored by the Portland Trail Blazers before Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves for his year as a Trail Blazers player and 26 years as a broadcaster.

    After the starting lineups were announced, PA announcer Mark Mason detailed Jones’ career with the Trail Blazers, then Larry Miller and Harry Glickman presented a framed No. 26 jersey to the Portland native in front of a standing Rose Garden crowd.

    Before the contest, Jones took a moment with local media to reflect on his career both as a three-time all-star in the ABA, his move to the NBA and the Portland Trail Blazers, and the ensuing 26 years he spent in the Trail Blazers broadcast booth.

    “Any time you get a night to be honored its always great,” Jones said. “It says that they respect you and what you’ve done. I’m just here feeling the love.

    Jones said that the question he gets most often from fans is why he retired from playing for the Trail Blazers the season before the team won it’s championship in 1977.

    “I had my fun and I had my time. It wasn’t my time,” Jones said of the championship run, which he covered for both CBS Sports. “Sometimes things are meant to be and sometimes they aren’t the reality is I had a good career and I have no complaints.”

    He gives credit for his success in the broadcast booth to the women in his life; his wife for putting up with him and his mother for setting the example of hard work for him.

    “All the credit goes to my mom because I couldn’t misrepresent her,” he said. “You really just don’t want to make a fool out of yourself.”

    The former analyst of “NBA on NBC” for 13 years, including the network’s coverage of the 1992 Olympic Games, joined the current Trail Blazers broadcast team in calling the second quarter of Sunday’s game. His broadcast career also includes stints with ESPN/ABC, TNT, TBS and USA.

    Though now retired, Jones still follows the team he was a part of for more than 26 years.

    “I follow them all the time, I know what’s wrong with them and I know what’s right with them. They’re in a tough stretch now,” he said. “The thing I would tell the fans right now is to be patient. They know that they’ve got some issues but they’ll find a way to turn it around and they’ll be okay.”

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