Thursday, June 29, 2006

Deep breath.... breathe.... relax.... ok. WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?

Help me, Blazer fans, why is it that SOME (i.e. not all) of you can't understand the concept of opinion-based sports radio. Let me explain.
This is how our shows have gone the last two days:

Ian: The Blazers picked up LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy.
Suke: I love the pick of Roy. I wish they would have taken Morrison instead of Aldridge, but good picks.
Ian: I agree. I think (that is called an opinion) that Morrison would have been a better fit, but love the Roy pick. Lets take some phone calls...
Caller 1: You two are idiots and too negative. Why do you hate the picks of Roy and Aldridge.
Ian: I like the pick of Roy, but I think Morrison would have been a better fit.
Suke: I agree, Roy good, Aldridge could be good, would have liked Morrison.
Caller 1: See.... you guys are too negative.
Ian: goodbye. Caller number 2 you are on The Fan.
Caller 2: You guys are stupid. Why do you hate Brandon Roy?
Ian: We don't
Suke: I love Roy, wanted him over Morrison.
Caller 2: I hate you guys. You hate the Blazers
Ian: We don't hate the Blazers. We have a different OPINION than you. But we don't hate the Blazers.
Caller 2: Yes you do.

You get the idea. Some days I love this job!

The Draft Recap
Like most, we are all trying to wrap our arms around what exactly happened yesterday during the NBA Draft.
First.....a little history.

Leading up to the draft, I had been saying all along that no matter what the Blazers did yesterday, there would be an emotional response. There was emotion, no doubt, from fans and media (me included) alike. So in that sense, the Blazers were the talk of the town, which is always a good thing.

Now, to the actual picks. One thing is certain-NOBDOY knows if these picks will prove to be successful or not. To say the team hit a "home run" is good copy, but the same team President who said that last night was selling all of you on Sebastian Telfair being a good pick at #13 two years ago. This organization has had a horrible track record in recent years with personnel decsions. Hopefully that is about to change. But keep in mind the Blazers have watched Qyntel Woods, Sergei Monia, Viktor Khryapa, and Sebastian Telfair all come and go after being selected in the first round (some of course by other teams for Portland). We were told great things about all of the above, sold on their talents and skill and thought THEY were the future of the franchise. They weren't.

So the pessimist in me says why was yesterday any different? It may be. It also may not be different. Only time will tell. But the optimist says the team made a bunch of moves, was very aggressive, and is trying to get better. But the pessimist says they have also done that before with the Bonzi, Rasheed, and other trades.

So when will they actually get better? There is no reason for fans to accept constant rebuilding efforts and the rhetoric that goes along with it. They should expect this team to be better and start winning NOW. They have started many rebuilding projects, but they have never finished the project. While most are saying the Blazers had a good draft, and they did in terms of getting two players they wanted, the word from other NBA teams is that the Blazers looked like a bunch of inexperienced fantasy league players who made moves just for the sake of making moves. The one move that didn't happen, and HAS to before next season, is trading Darius Miles. When that happens, my grade changes from a B to an A+.