Monday, December 12, 2005

Mondays BLOW! But here goes anyway......

Artest to Portland?
Ron Artest wants out of Indiana. Ruben Patterson wants out of Portland. A trade with their contracts works financially. Would you want to see the Blazers do it? Artest is not a good guy, and may be emotionally unstable. But Ruben? "Come on man." Why Not?
Ruben says he is a lock-down defender. Artest actually is. And the bi-polar one from the Pacers is a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He is also a former NBA All-Star. Of course he is a former POY and former All-Star because he only played in 7 games last year.
Here is why you may want to do it. The Blazers are more dependent on selling tickets than most other NBA teams. They aren’t selling a lot of tickets. How do you sell tickets? Well, one thing has been established: You don’t do it with so-called "good guys."These good guys that you started to bring aboard on December 3rd 2003 when you traded Bonzi Wells are putting less than 10,000 butts in the seats every night.
More importantly, how do you get better if you are the Blazers? You can’t sign big-name free agents. So there are two ways:
You hope your young players develop.
Acquire better players through trades.
What happens if Joel Przybilla decides to go where the money is at the end of this season. Say, Chicago where the Bulls will have money to spend. Say Chicago where it is close to home for his wife. Does it really make sense to sign a mid-level exception for a center who could get twice that amount on the open market? In other words, the Blazers could actually be WORSE next year.
So really, what are the reasons for not making a trade to bring Artest here and send Ruben packing?

Portland's Seahawks?
The Seahawks are 11-2, on the verge of clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and the question here in Portland is: ARE THEY YOUR TEAM?
*The Mariners claim about 10-12% of their fans come from the Portland/Vancouver/SW Washington area. The television and radio numbers for the Mariners here are great.
But that is baseball….. What about football? In the past, when they have not been good, people here complained when a Seahawk game was on television.
What about now? Do you consider yourself a fan of the Seahawks?


At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I can tell you that my hubby and I are Seahawk fans. Not only do we watch every game on TV but we make plans around when they are on.

I would rather watch a Seahawk game then attend a Blazer game in person.

Keep up the good work.


At 5:59 PM, Blogger Nate said...

Hey Ian,

I am not a Seahawks fan, persay, I am a Bills fan. But I live in Keizer, OR, so I don't get to see or hear the Bills games much. The Seahawks are the closest NFL team to me so I do root for them (unless, of course, they are playing Buffalo).

I am foremost a sports fan and am inclined to root for the home team, however, I am loyal to "my" teams which happens to include the New York Knicks in the NBA. But again, when there not playing the Knicks, I root for the Blazers.

The Blazers badly need a definate 2 guard. Artest has been a bad guy up to this point in his career, but perhaps coming to Portland is just what he needs to reestablish himself like Sheed did in Detroit. It is a tough decision though and I am glad I don't have to make it.

Finally, I am a big fan of the show and listen as often as I can. I enjoy the insight that the 2 of you have into the world of sports...........Go Ducks!!!!!!

At 9:49 PM, Blogger BuddyJay said...

Artest for Ruben? Let's stick to what is plausible. You know other teams will come up with a lot better than that for Artest.

What intrigues me is the possibility of Patterson and Artest playing in the same backcourt with 30 seconds left needing a defensive stop for a win ... awesome.

Artest is one of the best players in the league in my opinion, up there with Iverson, Kobe, and Shaq. The type of player that can change a game single handed and comes every night to play the game AT BOTH ENDS. This could be a supreme opportunity for Blazer management to correct some mistakes. Instead of talking about Ruben, how about Miles and some draft picks? Travis Outlaw is well thought of amongst GM's in the league, couple him with Miles. How about Miles and one of the Russians? Do you see a pattern here? Yes, the Blazers could use this as an opportunity to alleviate themselves and us of D. Miles and his contract.

Ron Artest would immediately make the Blazers a 500 ball club, and the youth would then have a crutch to grow around. If the Blazers don't jump at this opportunity, I sense Blazer fans are going to see Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant killing them for the next couple years ... that would be a scary duo!

Unfortunately we have waited for Blazer management to show imagination in the past, and the waiting continues. They are fixated on trading the best player on the team, and showing no signs of coming to reality about the rest of the roster.

At 3:38 AM, Anonymous PM said...

Yeah... why not add to the criminal element in town? Might give FOX12 something to report on other than Meth, and could stir up more rumors than Jerome Kersey's old midnight expeditions into North Portland.

Just think back to how many times that Pistons/Pacers brawl was shown on ESPN. When was the last time the Blazers got that kind of national pub? This makes perfect sense.

My one concern: Will Ruben have to re-register if he moves to Indiana? This could be a sticking point. I doubt the man likes paperwork.

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Chris Snethen said...

>>Well, one thing has been established: You don’t do it with so-called "good guys."These good guys that you started to bring aboard on December 3rd 2003 when you traded Bonzi Wells are putting less than 10,000 butts in the seats every night.<<

San Antonio seemed to do alright with Robinson and Duncan. Dallas with Nash and Nowitzki. Miami with Shaq and Wade. Good guys all filling seats. But they don't come by every day.

The LAST thing the Blazers need to do right now is hood it up.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger BuddyJay said...

Can't dissagree more.

First, Ruben made a mistake, paid for it, and has tried to walk a path of redemption through Crist. I do not accept Crist as my savior, but I respect someone trying to use his presence to fix something broken inside them. Two nickel jokes aren't a point PM. Ruben is the hardest worker and best player on this sad team.

Second, "Hood it up" Chris? You think D Miles is representing the suburbs? R. Artest gives 100% effort each night which is what is missing in the NBA. Ron isn't selling dope, he probably isn't smoking it, he hasn't been jailed on any wrong doing, he is just passionate about winning ... I'll take that any day.

At 5:00 AM, Anonymous OJ said...

I don't accept Crist as my savior either. In fact, I couldn't tell you what in the world Crist is.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger BuddyJay said...

A new kind of peanut butter.

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Chris Snethen said...

When I said "Hood it up" I was talking about people as in "that guy's a hood" as opposed to representing the hood. The Blazers just ditched a bunch of hoods and don't need to be bringing any more in.

Second. Darius needed to go the second he dropped the N-bomb on Cheeks. He's certainly not representing the suburbs. But I ain't asking him to either.

Third. Crist has been in my life ever since grade school and I've never had a single cavity. I suggest the original formula. Good stuff.


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