Damian Lillard remembers recognizing his distinct voice when half asleep, Thomas Robinson called him the face of ESPN and Will Barton said he will never be able to watch SportsCenter and not think of his name.
Longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who passed away Sunday after a several-year long battle with cancer, was a major part of the Trail Blazers' early sports fandom.
The one thing all the Blazers remembered was Scott's unique style.
"Just the style that he brought into being an anchor," Lillard recalled before the Blazers game against the Lakers on Monday. "The fact that he's an African American and he was able to bring something from our culture, like hip hop style, to that type of profession. I think he's an icon."
Will Barton said Scott's signature catchphrases always made him his favorite ESPN personality.
"All his little quotes, you know, the 'Boo-yah,'" Barton said. "He talked with so much swag he really made you feel like you were a part of the highlights when he was anchoring."
There was a moment of silence in the arena to honor Scott prior to the tip off on Monday night.
In the video above, Lillard, Barton and Robinson share their memories of Scott and what he meant to them as young sports fans.
By Mike Richman | Oregonlive.com | January 6, 2015