SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — KPIX 5 Sports Director Dennis O’Donnell’s live interview with an overly-optimistic – or perhaps deluded – Portland Trail Blazers fan has gone viral after O’Donnell’s burning comeback to the fan’s prediction of a Blazers playoff win.
O’Donnell had the seemingly addled Trail Blazers fan outside the Moda Center in Portland offer his prediction for the rest of the NBA Western Conference Finals before the start of Game 4, in which the Warriors again came from behind to win and sweep the series, earning the team a fifth-straight trip to the NBA Finals.
O’Donnell asked the fan, who initially did not appear to have lost his grip on reality, if his Blazers “had any chance in the series at this point,” to which the fan scoffed – confidently telling O’Donnell, “You are out of your mind.”
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The befuddled fan, identified as “Francisco” – which he had awkwardly clarified as “not like ‘San,’ just regular”- then issued a hot take containing a stupefying lack of cognition: “Blazers in seven, in a heartbeat, way easy. Dame’s gonna take it to ’em with a bruised rib or separated rib, it doesn’t matter. It’s gonna be the Blazers in seven and then they’re gonna win [the NBA Finals] in five against Milwaukee.”
“Okay, as you see here, cannabis is plentiful here in Portland,” O’Donnell deadpanned.
Francisco’s evisceration on live TV seemed to momentarily shake him into some semblance of conscious thought, but only to prompt his final, jaw-dropping claim of, “I’m not high!”
O’Donnell’s savagery did not go unnoticed.
The speculation by O’Donnell also recalled a somewhat similar viral video during the 2010 World Series, when a fully-aware and cogent reporter from Dallas TV station KXAS reported live about possible mischief outside then-AT&T Park in San Francisco.
O’Donnell was taking his viral moment in stride at last check, acknowledging his own challenges with that confounding social media.