. As many of you know, Jon was taken by the Portland Trailblazers with the 38th pick in the draft, then traded to the Kings for one of his former Pac-10 rivals, Jeff Pendergraph.
While it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Jon and the team would come to terms, it became a bit more curious with each day that it hadn’t happened yet. The team has been selling his jersey since shortly after the draft, so it was odd that the contract took so long.
My favorite question to ponder at Husky games over the past few years was What is Jon Brockman’s ceiling as an NBA player? Could he be a Popeye Jones type? Maybe a serviceable 8th or 9th guy in the rotation? Or can he develop new aspects to his game and truly be an impact player in the league?
I’m just thrilled that we’ll get the chance to see Jon make the most out of his potential, whatever the ceiling is.
And, for the truly fanatical, your first chance to see Jon play live in an NBA uniform without getting on a plane will be in less than a month when the Kings and Blazers play a home-and-home exhibition series starting in Portland on October 6. It doesn’t look like individual tickets are available for the game from the Blazers yet, but I’m sure they’ll go on sale soon.
And, hey, thanks for coming!