Sunday’s parkinson’s gala/fundraiser, spearheaded by Brian Grant, along with Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali, brought out a collection of stars about as impressive as Portland has ever seen. Bill Russell, Charles Barkely, Bill Walton, Pat Riley, Alonzo Mourning, Rasheed Wallace, Joey Harrington, Clyde Drexler, and current members of the Blazers (plus their most questionable fan were all on hand. They all walked the red carpet on their way into the gala, with the exception of Muhammad Ali (to my great dismay—Ali is one of my heros and the opportunity to simply be in the same room with him had my mind abuzz). Mr. Fox, whose Marty McFly is the reason I wear only Calvin Klein underwear, received the greatest outpouring of love from the crowd as made his way in to the arena, did not take questions.
Charles Barkely did, however, along with Greg Oden. Oden came into Portland just for the event. He’s been spending the summer working out at home in Indiana. This year Oden’s also given up attending summer classes. Barkley, meanwhile, shared his thoughts on the Blazers spending time with Muhammad:
Check out more photos from the event in our new Photo Gallery, including shots of Bill Russel and Walton, plus a fleeting glimpse of Michael J. Fox and Brandon Roy’s new faux-hawk.
As for the actual event, we were not allowed in. But in this rare case, that’s fine with us—all the space on a night like this should be reserved for people with fat bank accounts—which begs the question: where was Paul Allen? For an account of the evening, check out Ric Bucher’s Twitter feed.