Two former Trail Blazers, one six-time U.S. champion track athlete and a legendary baseball player from Wilson High have reason to celebrate this week

March 8, 1960

Buck Williams (age 58)

The starting power forward on the Trail Blazers' 1990 and 1992 NBA finalists, he played 17 seasons in league and holds the record for most games by a (New Jersey) Net. At 6-8, 215 pounds, he made three All-Star Game appearances, was a four-time All-Defensive player (first or second team), won the Rookie of the Year award out of Maryland in 1981-82, and was with the Blazers from 1989-96. Williams was chosen for the 1980 Olympic team, but didn't get to play because of the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Games.

March 8, 1989

Evan Jager (age 29)

Portland's Jager is a six-time U.S. steeplechase champion and Olympic silver medalist (2016 Rio de Janeiro). He grew up in Illinois and competed in track for the University of Wisconsin.

March 12, 1956

Dale Murphy (age 62)

From Wilson High, Murphy amassed 2,111 hits, 398 home runs and 1,266 RBIs in the major leagues, playing outfielder, catcher and first base. He was the National League MVP in 1982 and 1983 while with the Atlanta Braves. He also won five Gold Glove awards. Murphy was co-winner of Sports Illustrated's Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Year Award in 1987.

March 12, 1971

Isaiah Rider (age 47)

The 6-5 shooting guard also known as J.R. came to the Trail Blazers via trade in 1996 with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was the No. 5 overall pick in the 1993 NBA draft out of UNLV, chosen by the T-Wolves.

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