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Blazers find snake in locker room
SAN ANTONIO -- The Portland Trail Blazers found a poisonous surprise when they arrived in visitors' locker room at the AT&T Center before Thursday's Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Reserve forward Thomas Robinson found a rattlesnake in his locker a couple of hours before tip-off against the San Antonio Spurs, spotting it when he placed his shoes in the cubby.
"I was scared," said Robinson, who added that he'd only seen snakes on Discovery Channel before. "I ain't gonna lie, I was scared."
Robinson reacted by screaming and leaping "about five feet high and 20 feet back."
Robinson wasn't the only player to admit he was spooked:
Reserve guard Will Barton, Robinson's neighbor in the locker room, claims he kept calm while hopping up on his chair. There was all kinds of commotion until "our brave trainers," as Robinson referred to them, corralled the beast.
Estimates of the rattlesnake's size ranged from 18 inches to four feet. It was believed to be a baby.
"Big enough," Barton said.
The rattlesnake was black and white, the Spurs' colors, as Robinson noted. Rumor has it that Spurs shooting guard Danny Green collects snakes.
"That's the No. 1 suspect right there," Barton said, laughing.
This isn't the first incident with critters at the Spurs' arena, which hosts a huge rodeo each year. There have been several bat sightings during games at the AT&T Center, most infamously when Spurs sixth man Manu Ginobili swatted one out of the air with his bare hand while on the court on Halloween in 2009, when the bat caused play to be stopped and players to scatter.
Ginobili got a thunderous cheer from the crowd when he carried the bat off the court, but it wasn't such a humorous situation when he had to get rabies shots later.
The Blazers managed to emerge from the rattlesnake sighting unharmed.
"It's bizarre to have a venomous snake in your locker room," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "I don't know if it's happened before. That sounds like an ABA story."