SAN ANTONIO — Upon arriving at the AT&T Center for Game 2 versus the Spurs, the Trail Blazers were greeting by an unexpected guest in Thomas Robinson’s locker: a rattlesnake.
“Man, me and Thomas at our lockers as usual,” explained Trail Blazers guard Will Barton. “We’re changing and he goes to put his shoes down and he’s like ‘What the …?’ You know what he said. He’s like ‘There’s a snake under my locker dog!’ And I’m like ‘Stop playing.’ He’s like ‘No for real! A real snake!’ And we just looked under there and there was a snake. I was scared!”
“I just put my shoes down and once I put my shoes down I double looked and I seen a snake sitting there,” said Robinson. “After that, I got away from it. I just seen something curled up and I looked again and it was a snake. No one believed me until they looked in there. It hissed, I backed up.”
Once Robinson was able to convince his teammates that there was in fact a venomous snake taking up space in his locker, arena security snapped into action, trapping the snake by the head and removing the uninvited serpent with the help of a trash
“It’s bizarre to have a venomous snake in your locker room,” joked head coach Terry Stotts. “I don’t know if it’s happened before. That sounds like an ABA story.”
No one was able to explain how the snake got into Portland’s locker room, though Spurs guard Danny Green is a snake enthusiast …
UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Spurs says the snake was not a rattlesnake, though that’s exactly what you’d expect them to say.