Trail Blazers Building Blocks: Meyers Leonard, the Hope

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Trail Blazers Building Blocks: Meyers Leonard, the Hope
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It took less than 10 seconds for Meyers Leonard to endear himself to the Trail Blazers' faithful. In the first quarter of the team's exhibition home opener against the Denver Nuggets, Coby Karl drove into the lane and drew a crowd of three defenders before lobbing a high-arcing pass toward the rim. Leonard, a towering 7-foot-1 package of energy, athleticism and bravado, leapt and, in one fell swoop, palmed the ball with his right hand and hammered down an alley-oopx dunk...

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