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A moment of silence in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday, is observed before the New York Knicks and the Orlando Magic play an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on ESPN.com's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.