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THE GOGGLES

From 1983-89, the Trail Blazers made the NBA Playoffs every year. Seven straight trips to the postseason, but never past the second round. Teams that included superstars Jim Paxson, Mychal Thompson, Kiki Vandeweghe, Jerome Kersey, Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter and many more players in Trail Blazers lore provided good, but not great results. Apparently, something was missing. More accurately, somebody was missing. After the Trail Blazers traded for NBA veteran and rebounding machine Buck Williams, Rip City was headed to the NBA Finals that very same season – 1990 – and made a return trip in 1992. But perhaps no amount of team success could become the trademark for Portland’s star power forward quite like his eyewear. In Game 3 of the First Round of the 1990 NBA Playoffs against the Mavericks, Williams suffered an eye contusion, forcing him to wear what became his signature goggles not just that night, but for the remainder of his 17-year career.

 Buck Williams

 

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