Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard is the owner of a very good dog. That dog’s name is Bella, a Siberian Husky, and she was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. Bella has started chemotherapy in hopes of recovery.
In order to honor his dog during Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Leonard ordered custom socks from a company so that he could wear Bella’s face during the matchup.
If you’ll recall, this is similar to what Leonard did last season when he was injured and on the bench. Leonard used the same company to make a t-shirt with Bella on it, which he wore under his sport coat.
Meanwhile, I hope things are looking up for Bella. Leonard and his wife have posted photos of the pup filling out a bucket list, so it’s unclear what the prognosis is. Leonard has clearly struggled with it, so much so that he’s felt it come out even after wins in the locker room with his teammates.
Here’s hoping Bella makes a full recovery. And that the addition of a new pup to the Leonard family, Koko, lifts her spirits.