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Blazers' ad talks of player code, lower ticket prices

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers announced plans
for a player code of conduct and lower ticket prices in a full-page
ad appearing in the sports section of Thursday's Oregonian.

The ad was accompanied by a seating chart with the new ticket
prices.

Team president Steve Patterson unveiled the code during a
special meeting with season-ticket holders Wednesday.

Patterson said the code has yet to be drafted, but it will be in
place before the Trail Blazers open training camp in October.

But the team's pledge had 25 bullet points. Some of the promises to fans were:

  • To evaluate charachter along with basketball talent when selecting players.

  • To establish a player code of conduct and to hold our players accountable for their actions both on and off the court.

  • To challenge every obstacle that would prevent us from taking quick and authoritative action for any behavior that compromises our expectation of our players acting responsibly at all times.

    The Blazers' last few seasons have been marred by player arrests
    and quick exits from the playoffs.

    The offseason got off to an inauspicious start when guard Damon
    Stoudamire was arrested July 3 at Tucson International Airport
    after authorities were called to the security checkpoint.
    Stoudamire allegedly had marijuana wrapped in aluminum foil in his
    pocket.

    He was cited for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia in
    what became his third drug arrest in two years. Stoudamire has
    pleaded innocent.

    Portland players also have gotten in trouble for confrontations
    with officials and for fighting among themselves.