Atomic Dog Audie Norris: ‘Once and always a Blazer’


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Atomic Dog is back in the house.

Audie Norris, who picked up the Atomic Dog nickname while playing for the Blazers between 1982-1985, is back in Portland for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. 

He now lives in Barcelona, Spain, where he played after his NBA career. He won 3 European League championships.

When he stopped by the KOIN 6 News studios Monday, he said it’s true — once a Blazer, always a Blazer.

Audie Norris, aka The Atomic Dog, played with the Blazers between 1982 and 1985. He came back for the Western Conference Finals, May 20, 2019 (KOIN)

“It’s always been a family organization, the Blazers, from what I remember,” Norris said. “A lot of players echo that same sentiment today.”

Norris is an NBA ambassador and holds basketball clinics in Europe, Africa and China. He’s also bringing the Big 3 NBA League to China for a tour later this year.

He was dubbed the Atomic Dog by Mychal Thompson — the father of Golden State’s Klay Thompson — when they both played in Portland. He picked up that nickname based on his ferocious inside play.

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