Every Blazer fan remembers May 2, 2014, when Damian Lillard hit the buzzer-beating three over the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, which sent the Trail Blazers to the 2nd round for the first time since 2000.
A large majority of the blame from Rockets fans was directed towards the man who contested the shot, Chandler Parsons.
Parsons was a free agent last season after the Dallas Mavericks declined to pick up his option. Despite considering the Blazers, he opted to sign a max contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, which has not worked out well so far this season due to injury.
It all started when the Trail Blazers played the Memphis Grizzlies at home on January 27th, in which the Blazers won 109-106 in a tightly contested battle. During the game, the Blazers Twitter feed poked fun at Chandler Parsons taking a three-point shot that resulted in an air ball.
Parsons then responded with a jab of his own:
Shortly after this, CJ McCollum entered the fray and decided to go straight for the jugular:
Parsons attempted to respond with another jab, but at this point, the damage was already done and the "L" was handed out accordingly by the Twitter community:
Blazers President & CEO Chris McGowan later issued a statement in which he apologized for the tweet that the social media staff had sent out.
The unofficial motto that Portlanders live by is "Keep Portland Weird", and while the barbs exchanged between Parsons & McCollum were more entertaining than weird, it goes to show that this team can maintain its composure despite having a disappointing season to date. Expectations were high following a year in which the Blazers went 44-38, even though all signs pointed to them being a lottery team after losing four of their previous starting five (Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Robin Lopez) to free agency and trade.
The Blazers are 21-28 and going through some growing pains, but if anything is to be learned by this beef between two opposing players, is that their confidence has not wavered.