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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Before Lin-sanity, the NBA had Billy Ray Bates

Billy Ray Bates, left, "couldn't remember the plays," says longtime friend Rick Barrett. "It used to make (Blazers coach Jack) Ramsay so angry. But he could win you games." But Bates' meteoric career in Portland lasted less than three seasons.