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“Water The Bamboo”. The Article about Portland “Trail Blazers”…

…And Damian Lillard…

Amazing Article actually…

PORTLAND, Ore. — Bamboo is tolerant to drought, but balancing water with restraint is tricky business, especially if you’re a young NBA player. This was the message delivered to the Trail Blazers’ roster last October after the team heard from Greg Bell, the author of “Water The Bamboo: Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals.”

The bamboo becomes a running gag among the Trail Blazers, and it’s the source of quite the shtick between All-NBA point guard Damian Lillard and reserve Luis Montero.

“I would always tell him, ‘Did you water your bamboo?,’ like, every day,” Lillard says. “So he started singing, like, ‘Waaaaater the Bamboooooo.'”

Montero has played all of 42 minutes as a rookie, but he apparently excels as the team’s musical director — though he speaks broken English. The song metastasizes into various riffs and remixes. Pretty soon, Lillard begins calling Montero “Water,” and Montero calls Lillard “Water.”

Lillard

In colloquial Spanish, attaching an “ito” or “ita” to a name or object is a term of endearment, literally meaning “little.” So Allen Crabbe is now “AC-ito,” and Maurice Harkless is “Mo-ito.” Eventually, everyone on the team is just “Water-ito.”