Thursday, March 30, 2006

My worst fears realized, and Harold warns against turning over "the rock"

Some breaking news from the NBA Office in New York:


NEW YORK, March 30, 2006 – NBA Commissioner David Stern released the following statement today:

"Over the past six weeks the NBA has attempted to broker an agreement between the Trail Blazers and the owners of the Rose Garden to sell the team and the arena to one of several prospective purchasers that we had identified. Unfortunately, the arena owners have not offered any constructive response to these efforts and recently advised us that they are satisfied with the status quo. Accordingly, we have advised both parties that we have withdrawn from the process."

What does this all mean? To be honest, I don't know. The Blazers are not involved in the commenting process, since all of this is done through Vulcan, and as such they couldn't comment on this release from the NBA. But this is interesting, because it COULD mean, not that it does, but it COULD mean one of two things:
1) The owners of the building like the fact they have a tenant paying a large chunk of change for it's lease, a lease they can't get out of, and that money will continue to flow in.
2) The owners of the building don't want to sell the arena to a new NBA owner who would come in and run the building and the team because they would rather sell it themselves outside of the NBA, to someone who would buy the arena AND an NHL team.

In a situation that has made NO sense, that seems to, but really, what makes sense? Nothing with this situation. One thing that it does do, is probably put Paul Allen one step closer to declaring the team for bankruptcy, which may open a whole new set of issues and uncertainties...

I am going to try to resist posting "The Henchman's" e-mail yesterday where the word evil was used, although it could still come at a later date. How about a change of pace, some actual Blazer on the court talk!

The Nightmare that came true
Last night's loss sent the Blazers to a 4-24 record since the "big" win in Seattle where the team rallied behind their coach and played a truly inspired game. That win came January 30th, and it hasn't gone well since. During the current losing streak, 7 of the 9 games have been by 10 points or more. To take it a step further, 11 of 13 losses and 15 of 21 have been by double digits. In other words, the exact thing I debated with many at the station and on the air is happening: This team is not competetive. Nate said as much to us in the interview Tuesday, and reiterated it again last night by saying "for us to win, Zach has to play a great game." He didn't, they didn't, and the losses continue. Aren't you glad I talked actual hoops instead of The Henchman?

Harold says it best
ESPN Baseball Analyst Harold Reynolds, moments ago via the phone on ESPN News, said "the rock they (baseball's investigators) are going to overturn will show some things you won't want to see" and "you (fans and media) will look at the game a lot different" than you have before. This is a dire prediction from an ex--player, not too far removed from the clubhouse, who is effectively saying I know far more players did steroids and performance enhancing drugs than Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, and do you really want to know the names of those other players?

That to me is the big question, not do you care about performance enhancing drugs in baseball, but for the average fan: DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHO IS USING AND HAS USED THESE DRUGS?

Suke and I will talk about it on Primetime, 3-7 today on 1080 The Fan