What do the Blazers do for Thanksgiving on the road?
The Trail Blazers will play the Golden State Warriors on Friday, but not all the players will be in the Bay Area for Thanksgiving Day.
Our NBC Sports Northwest Producer Peter Socotch found out what the Blazers have planned for their turkey day and which players love cranberry sauce with their meal.
SPOILER ALERT: Some of the young Blazers didn’t even know that cranberry sauce was an option on Thanksgiving.
Lillard’s full house
With the Blazers being in Oakland, Damian Lillard is excited to have a big Thanksgiving feast like he used to have when he was growing up.
“I invited everybody because we going to be in my hometown and my family do like a big Thanksgiving thing every year whether I’m there or not. I invited everybody to come to the neighborhood if they want,” Lillard told reporters.
Lillard's family typically hosts about 75 people on Thanksgiving and they usually end up in the backyard with a ton of food.
“My whole family, my mom, my aunts, my uncle, my grandma, my grandparents, some of my cousins. It’s like a big thing. Since I was a kid, we always had, you know, big Thanksgivings and a lot of our childhood friends… It’s like a big party,” Lillard said.
So what’s Lillard’s favorite Thanksgiving dish?
“I love sweet potato pie.” – His grandmother’s sweet potato pie to be specific.
CJ McCollum’s sharing this Thanksgiving with his fiancé
After proposing to his longtime girlfriend this offseason, CJ McCollum is focused on spending time with his fiancé.
“It’ll be a nice little date night,” McCollum said with a smile.
And, when you’re in San Francisco you’ve got a lot of nice restaurants to choose from. McCollum admitted earlier this week that he still needs to make dinner reservations though.
Turner’s Turkey and Coat Drive
Evan Turner will be serving turkey on Thanksgiving in his hometown.
“I’m gonna go home to Chicago. I got a Turkey Drive in my old neighborhood and I’ll be with the family and then I’ll fly out at night to San Fran,” Turner said.
ET has done this Turkey Drive in the past and you can tell by listening to him that he enjoys it.
“This year we’re just gonna do it at a men’s shelter and we’re gonna give away coats and Thanksgiving, you know, a hot meal for them,” Turner said.
Chicken and noodles is a Thanksgiving tradition for Meyers? YEP.
“We’ll be in San Fran and my wife is gonna come down. There’s a team dinner. My wife and I will be attending that dinner… I plan to eat a lot too,” Leonard said.
And most people can relate to Leonard with this…
“I take just an absolutely marvelous nap. That’s probably what I’ll do,” Leonard said with a big smile on his face.
But the big question is what is Leonard’s favorite Thanksgiving dish?
“Where I’m from which people apparently in Oregon or other places don’t seem to think it’s a real thing, we do chicken and noodles. Like egg noodles and chicken and then you put mashed potatoes and gravy on it and it’s absolutely glorious,” Leonard beamed.
More on the chicken and noodles...
Leonard had to explain himself a little more on this unique Thanksgiving tradition…
“You have turkey on the side, but it’s just, it’s a dish… You slap mashed potatoes and gravy on there. I guess it’s like a country boy or a county thing,” Leonard joked.
But don’t worry, Leonard made sure to add, “I love turkey too.”
Leonard is now thinking that Oregonians might adopt his tradition of chicken and noodles.
So, who else is googling recipes right now???
Cranberry Sauce Meter
It’s time to find out where cranberry sauce rates as a thanksgiving side dish. The Trail Blazers are all over the map on how they feel about cranberry sauce.
Blazers head coach Terry Stotts says he is good with both canned or homemade cranberry sauce and added that it's a nice blend with all other dishes.
Jake Layman enjoys cranberry sauce as well, but he would go gravy over cranberry sauce. His favorite Thanksgiving dish is stuffing, the homemade kind, not the stovetop brand.
Both Anfernee Simons and Wade Baldwin didn't even know that cranberry sauce exisited. Mac n' cheese is Simons' favorite. He said he would eat a whole plateful.
Meyers Leonard just says, “No. Chicken and noodles.”