By Jonathan Hartzell, NBA.com
It’s hard to imagine any team in the NBA is having more fun this season than the Portland Trail Blazers.
They have the best record in the league at 26-7, beat their division rival in Oklahoma City to close out 2013, set an NBA-record with 21 3-pointers last night, and now they’re yelling “lunch meat.”
But why would Thomas Robinson yell “lunch meat” when LaMarcus Aldridge is in the post? Simple, according to Robinson and SB Nation blog BlazersEdge:
“Lunch meat,” Robinson explained to Blazersedge, smiling. “Whatchu do when you got some lunch meat? You eat it. Exactly! Whenever someone [is guarding Aldridge], he’s always eating. He’s L.A. Whenever somebody on him, he eat him. Lunch meat. That’s how it is.”
Fellow Blazer Myers Leonard goes on to explain:
“There’s no one that can really stop him one-on-one on the block, let alone anywhere on the court,” Leonard told Blazersedge. “L.A. is so skilled. It basically just means that L.A. is about to get a bucket. He’s eating.”
And, yes, Aldridge seems to enjoy it. But he won’t let lunch meat get to his head:
“It means the guy can’t guard me,” Aldridge sheepishly told Blazersedge. “That I’m going to score at will. It’s not that simple when I’m doing it. They say it looks that easy sometimes. It’s fine, but I’m not going to get into it, I’m not going to say it myself.”
One thing worth noting, though: Aldridge is shooting 40.2 percent from the post this season, according to Synergy Sports.
Still, Aldridge has the perfect attitude to have towards lunch meat. Enjoy it, but don’t let it consume you.