Portland pace good fit for former Blazer from small town

SAM FORENCICH/GETTY IMAGES - Travis Outlaw was a softspoken, high-leaping 6-9 forward from Starkville, Mississippi who came to the Trail Blazers directly out of high school and found the city to his liking.Travis Outlaw is the latest of the former Trail Blazers who have chosen to make Portland their home.

Outlaw, 32, played 6 1/2 of his 11 NBA seasons for the Blazers, beginning when he was drafted as an 18-year-old rookie in 2003 out of Starkville, Mississippi, population 25,000.

"Coming from a small town, Portland was a perfect situation for me," Outlaw says. "One of the (NBA's) smaller cities, a great community ... it was a great place to grow up in the league."

But there is a bigger reason why Outlaw — who retired at age 30 after playing the 2013-14 season with Sacramento — has retired to the Portland area. His first child, 1-year-old son Kayden, lives here with his mother.

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