Blaze Nation: Minus a Star

February 3, 2009

As I was watching the Blazers last night, a couple of thoughts were racing through my head.

CP3's groinI was frustrated that Chris Paul got hurt; you always want to show that you can beat the best.  I’m always happy when Portland picks up a win, but this little twinge within me was concerned with how NBA.com’s Power Rankings would evaluate a win in which Portland was completely dominated for 3 quarters at the hands of Chris Paul, but only really looked like a Playoff team once the Nola heart and soul was limping to the locker room.

A win is a win.  A loss is a loss.  A toll is a toll, and if you don’t pay no toll, then we don’t eat no rolls.

This perhaps puts things in the best perspective:

”When you have a guy that’s an MVP-caliber player Read the rest of this entry »

Blaze Nation: Steph Curry

January 13, 2009

In completely make-believe news, I wondered onto NBADraft.net tonight just to see where abouts the Blazers would pick in the Draft this spring (assuming they don’t collapse in the 2nd half again), and also who would be projected to go at that pick.

I keeps it real.  I know that NBADraft.net is no sort of authority on insider info or accurate collegiate evaluations, but still… a Blazer fan who watched March Madness last spring, and one who likes to pretend that flashy, big time scoring PGs in college hoops would fit seemlessly with the most promising young team in the Association, this got me going for about 6 minutes.

09-draftAlso, note that NBADraft.net updates this board regularly, so after a good game or two by Steph or Patty Mills, and it will be Jeff Teague falling into the Blazers’ lap.

Yard!

Blazer fans can still remember 3 years ago like it were 11 days ago.

Portland, Ore - We didn’t exactly know who Kevin Pritchard was, except that he was the Player Personel guy that had just stepped in as interim Head Coach for the fired Mo Cheeks. Nate McMillan was in his first year as Blazer coach. Sebastian Telfair had come thru the fire to lead us to the worst record in the Association with the help of the newly signed $84 Million man Zach Randolph. And Darius Miles was having Microfracture surgery.

In other parts that we were less aware of:

Seattle, Wa - Brandon Roy was beginning his Pac-10 Player of the Year, Sweet 16, All-American senior year.tex-cheerleaders

Austin, Tx - LaMarcus Aldrige was returning from freshman surgery staking his claim to Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Indianapolis, In - Reigning National High School Player of the Year Greg Oden, the first Junior since LeBron James to win National Player Read the rest of this entry »

Dearest Steve Blake,blake-and-rosie-jones

Listen, I’ve really had a good time during our off and on relationship these past 4+ years. But I think we both know this isn’t going anywhere anymore. We can see that we’ve just been going through the motions lately, and I think it’s best for both of us if we just cut things off before we get too invested, and then all of the sudden one day we’re just two people stuck where we both don’t want to be.

Look, you deserve better than this. I’m not committed to you anymore, but I do think the world of you and I think you should have a fan that wants to want you. Read the rest of this entry »

Blaze Nation: baby steps

November 1, 2008

Yup, like Bill Murray in ‘What about Bob?’

I just want to say that sports experts are idiots. I hate jumping to conclusions, but it might just be accurate to call them all morons. No one (and I do mean absolutely no one) jumps to ridiculous conclusions like the media. PDX’s boys lost opening night to the Lake Show by 20. And instead of looking at obvious reasons for a less than stellar showing, everyone on PTI, Around the Hord, ESPN NBA Fastbreak, and even the home shopping network was quick to write these Blazers off as too young, not ready to contend, and a couple of years away.

Really? We couldn’t possibly have had a poor shooting night? It couldn’t be that we featured a lot of new players that are still learning how to play together? We might be young, but not too young. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve taken some time to relax now. Maybe our season isn’t over.

The thing is, I just got done watch the Clippers lose by WAY more than the Blazer just did. This would be an excellent opportunity to make a ringing endorsement for the apparent depth and dominance of the Lakers. I should clearly point out that they may well be as good and probably better than advertised. But instead of going there, I’m just going to marvel again at Baron Davis.

How could you not love watching this guy?

I was at Applebee’s last night, so I didn’t see his theft of KB24 live, but PeteJN had me quick on the text, and now Read the rest of this entry »

I honestly don’t think I’m overreacting, but after watching the game that Portland put on against the Title favorite Lakers, I’m afraid we might not win any games this year. Even more shocking is that Gregory Odester is probably going to go 0-from the field for the season too.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m ready to turn to our secret weapon now that I know all of the offseason hype was for nothing. I mean, now that I know Brandon and Little-a are busts this year and won’t get any better than they were on Tuesday night, let’s just activate Danielle Lloyd.

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That Guy

October 10, 2008

Greetings Blaze Nation,

I’m writing you today with a message of enormous import. Our Blazers look GREAT in our minds. The sexiest team by far when we use our imaginations and everyone fulfills their potential without hiccup. Brandon will not only be an all-star again, but probably the MVP of the game. LaMarcus will make good on his attempt to joining the midseason festivities, and also jump from 3rd in the voting to most improved player. Rudy will exhibit DKV Joventut-like domination and likely be the 6th man of the year. Jerryd will eventually see time as the starter as he defers his shoot first mentality and fits like a grandfather cog in Kevin Pritchard’s flawless machine. And most importantly, Gregory Oden will be the Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and average 18 to 20 points per game to boot. Read the rest of this entry »

Big-L, little-a, Marcus

October 2, 2008

I feel like this should be an open letter to the rest of the Association.

See, while everyone (including Portland Trailblazer’s hype machinists) is so focused on the continued ascension of BRoy, the debut of Gregor Oden, the arrival of Rudy F. Baby and Jerryd Bayless, I can’t help but feel like that Longhorn alum, Texas native, and 2006 Big 12 Defensive player of the year, LaMarcus Aldridge gets lost in the hustle and bustle. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s too cliche to say, “I’ll be the first to admitt when I’m wrong”.  That’s just a way for people to try and be right when everyone who is paying attention already knows they’re wrong.  Like: “Ooo, I’m embarassed that everyone knows I’m an idiot, so I’ll try to seem humble by acknowledging I was in the wrong after I announce my humbleness to everyone.”

Well, I’m an idiot.  Rudy Fernandez is sick-a-licious.  I dogged him for a while back when Mike Rice was creaming his shorts over Rudy’s youTube videos.  But after watching him POwn the best competition in the world at the Olympics (albeit for only like 6 games), I got chills.

My buddy C’Ron that works for the Blazers told me not to be a victim of the moment, and that Rudy still has a lot of work to do.  That’s fair, I’m sure everyone has a lot of work to do.  But in fairness, Kobe abuses everyone, so it’s not as though Rudy’s inability to stop KB24 down the stretch is a glaring weakness.  So I can’t help it: I am unquestionably a victim of moments like these…

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