We’ll post more tomorrow, but we’re too jacked up to even write about it right now!
We’ll post more tomorrow, but we’re too jacked up to even write about it right now!
If you watched the game on TNT last night, are you as concerned as I am that Jon Barry has suffered some form of massive brain injury that has gone untreated? First, he kept talking about some fan who was jawing with LeBron and referred to the fan repeatedly as Daniel Bartman. Who is Daniel Bartman? Does he mean Steve Bartman, the scourge of Wrigley Field and killer of the Cubs World Series? Is Daniel Bartman his cousin or something? If you don’t know the joke, don’t try to tell it or you sound like an idiot.
Second, he kept saying that teams shouldn’t run the high pick-and-roll at the end of games. To make his point, he said that everyone was doing it and it works even though people know its coming….doesn’t that mean that it’s a good idea? Duh. Did he just confuse himself again? Finally, and most idiotically, when Martell pulled up for a three off a screen, Barry says, “Huh…that’s a funky release…” (pause…contain growing rage…). We’re talking about Martell Webster here, who everyone says has one of the nicest and most pure shooting forms they’ve seen. A funky release? Check out the pic! Martell’s release must have pooped on Jon Barry’s release or something. I’m not sure, but it’s pretty dumb and dead wrong. He isn’t my least favorite announcer, but he’s working hard to get there. Any one of these statements is enough to make me think he’s an idiot. All three…well, that’s like a total Daniel Bartman…
If you have not heard the Blazers are rumored to be involved in a 3-way trade with Dallas and New Jersey. Check out the link for the gist of it. If you want to see what trades work click the link on the blogroll to “Real GM” and check out the “Trade Checker.”
Instead of giving you our take, we decided to ask you at the game versus Cleveland. Our seats are in section 326, so during timeouts and halftime we scoured for young and old, male and female alike to get their take on this proposed trade.
Below you will find a breakdown of what you, our fellow 300 level Blazer fans think about the potential trade.
Tim Section 326 Row C single game ticket buyer:
“I am not a fan of this…in my opinion our biggest need is in the middle. If we do this trade we take 2 PFs in Frye and Outlaw sometimes, and bring in a point guard. I think it makes our logjam at PG worse and our lack of size worse…I am NOT for it!”
Dianne (with son Tim wearing an Outlaw jersey) Section 323 Row K single game ticket buyer:
“I didn’t even know about this, but I just bought my son this jersey, I don’t really want to be out the $50…..But Sergio can go.”
Mike Section 302 Row K season ticket holder:
“I love Outlaw, but I think Jack and Frye will be gone in two years anyway. I would like to see us go after Paul or Williams in a few years at PG, but in my opinion Devin Harris is a damn good PG and would make a killer backcourt with Roy. I am torn right now, come back at Fridays game!”
Mitch Section 334 Row L single game ticket buyer:
“What does KP think? What ever he says I am going with”
Jon Section 324 Row D season ticket holder:
“I am a huge Outlaw fan, but I do think this makes us better in the long run. If we get Harris at PG that allows us to use our cap money in two years to get a legit, stud SF. It would be hard to see Outlaw go, but I am for this.”
Thanks to Jim who lives out of the area and provided us with these comments from the national broadcast:
“This trade is not going down, Portland gets nothing in return and gives up important pieces of next years championship team” Bill Walton on ESPN pre-game.
“If you think this trade is going to happen go climb a tree outside, they have plenty out here. I talked to GM Kevin Pritchard and he was as surprised as anyone, it is not going to happen.” John Barry at the beginning of the broadcast.
So what do you think? Do you think the combo of Harris and Roy is worth gutting the white unit? Do you think this helps out Dallas, a Western Conference foe and the Nets more than the Blazers? Lets hear it Rip City this is the first major trade rumor of the season. Do you think you could let this man go?
Wow! We thought that the fourth quarter, the last seven minutes of any game was ours. What happened in those last few minutes after being up 10 points?
LeBron James happened.
We here at the blog are frustrated at the thought of someone violating us in our own house. What transpired in those last few minutes was not Blazer basketball, and it hurts to know that the better team lost tonight.
From the time we started our road trip with a loss in Toronto to now, the team has taken a different demeanor. The confidence that we had during the streak and the few games after it is gone. Looking at the box score, the distribution of offense from our black and white unit is there. We had our super sophomores scoring, and our young tight core playing well. How did we lose?
We cannot put our finger on this mediocrity. This team obviously is better than the recent results it has produced. We know that having a young team makes us vulnerable to emotions, and these emotions can become our ally or our enemy. Let us all hope the team bounces back from this loss with new hunger.
You may be saying “What, the draft already? It’s not even the All-Star break!” But you can bet your sweet bippy that KP and the Blazer scouts are hard at work deciding who is going to be the next stud to don a Blazer uniform. Today the BlazersOG will take a look at the 2008 NBA Draft.
How will the Blazers draft?
A look at the roster lends some clues.
The Blazers are loaded at point guard and it is highly unlikely the Blazers will draft a PG for several reasons. First, we have a glut of players at that position. Second, the guys we have may not be All-Stars but fit our system and are solid. Lastly, there is general consensus the Blazers will make a serious run at either Chris Paul or Deron Williams in the near future.
SG is equally crowded with Jack emerging as a back up shooting guard, Rudy Fernandez on his way, and Roy taking up the bulk of minutes at that position. Again, just don’t see us taking a full time guard unless some unreal player drops in the draft.
Although the SF position is crowded with the likes of Jones, Webster, and Outlaw, it is hard to turn down a good swing man who can do a little of everything.
With Przybilla and the Oden set to go next year the Blazers look strong at center. However, it is always nice to have a third big man on the roster, especially in case of injuries, and from a practical standpoint, the Blazers need another big body for Prizz and especially GO to bang with in practice.
Overall, though, we think the Blazers’ most glaring need is at back-up power forward. Aldridge will get the bulk of minutes here but he will need a spell from time to time. More importantly, in order to make a Championship run the Blazers really need a bruiser PF who can come off the bench, play hard defense down low, get rebounds and be ready to use all five fouls. The Blazers need a Kurt Rambis, Charley Oakley type. Channing Frye has already shown himself to not be that player and we hold little hope for Josh McRoberts to play that type of game in light of his weak rebounding stats at Duke.
If the draft were held today the Blazers would be picking 20th. It is our sincere hope here at the BlazersOG that we have an extremely high draft pick; higher the pick, better the record. But for argument sake we will assume that the Blazers will pick 20th.
In the upcoming months the draft picture will become clearer, both in players’ and team needs, but for now here is a solid list of five guys, in no particular order, that might fit nicely in scarlet and black.
Brandon Rush SG/SF Kansas
Although the Blazers are crowed at SF, Rush is a swing player who could play both SF and SG in the NBA. More importantly, he is a savvy player that in many ways reminds us of a poor man’s Brandon Roy. He does everything well, including playing defense.
More importantly he is a junior who has really benefited from his years in college. The Blazers are now at the point where they are done taking on projects (unless they are overseas). If they are going to add a player to their roster you have to ask, “Is this guy mature enough to contribute in some way right now?” We think Rush has the game and maturity to contribute some small but meaningful minutes for the Blazers.
Realistically though, taking Rush at twenty might be a little high with most mock drafts having him going late in the first round or early second.
Nikola Pekovic C Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
In all reality the Blazers may already have all the players they need for the near future aside from adding some veteran leadership or another All-Star through free agency. In that case, KP may be looking to draft some foreign players capable of staying with their respective teams for a few years only to be brought over at a later time. If this is the case then Pekovic might be a good pick.
To be honest we have never seen this guy play in a full game (only what we can find on the internet). But what we do know is that he is a legit seven footer, he plays for one of the better European teams (Partizan Belgrade), and he puts up good numbers (PPG 17.8 RPG 7.8 FG% 58.5). Furthermore, you have to love the success rate of players from the former Yugoslavian Republic in the NBA. Pekovic might be a nice gamble to take.
Trent Plaisted PF/C BYU
Many of you may not have seen this “Mormon Assassin” play but he has game. He could play both PF and C in the NBA with PF being more likely. Earlier this season this guy tore up Louisville and UNC, putting up huge double-doubles against both teams. He is not as physical as we might like and will need to put in some serious hours in the gym (nothing Jay Jenson can’t take care of). But this guy is a threat down low and understands the fundamentals of rebounding (how to use his body). He does have a tendency to get lost in some games, especially when BYU plays up-tempo teams but hey, nobody is perfect.
Nicolas Batum SF Le Mans (France)
Any scouting report you read on this guy says he is going to be a good NBA player. He is long and athletic, can shoot the 3 just as easily as putting it on the floor and dunking on you. He put on a clinic in April at the Nike Hoops Summit against the likes of Kevin Love, O.J. Mayo, and Michael Beasley (Where KP also saw him play). In all likelihood Batum is a late lottery pick so the Blazers may not even get close to him. But you can guess that KP has sent some scouts to check this guy out. And again he has the added benefit of being able to say in Europe for a few more years before coming over and joining the team.
By the way do you recognize who the ally oop is from in this first video?
Tyler Hansbrough PF North Carolina
We’re not going to lie, this is our choice for the Blazer’s first round draft pick. Hansbrough has arguably the best post moves of any NCAA big man. The guy is tough as hell (remember last year in the ACC tournament when he had his nose broken and wanted to keep playing?). He is a little short for a PF but rebounds like a seven footer. We think his post toughness and rebounding ability make him an ideal choice to be some Blazer muscle off the bench. Can’t say enough good about this guy.
Now you might be saying “What, no love for Love?” Don’t get us wrong. We would like nothing more than the Love Train (and for that matter Urkel) running though Portland. Nothing like a home town boy to root for, especially when he is as talented as Kevin Love. But the BlazersOG would bet money, marble and chalk that Love does not come out of college this year.
He is currently projected to go in the middle of the first round. He could have a huge tournament and boost his stock a little, but at best the scouts seem to see him going no higher than 12. So why would a young fella like Kevin Love not choose to stay in school one more year where he can work on his skills, boost his numbers and continue to enjoy the life of a young stud basketball star at UCLA. If he waits a year he is a lock lottery pick and maybe the first pick of the draft. We just don’t see him coming out this year.
Enjoy tonight’s nationally televised game and get ready for Roy to show LeBron who the real All-Star is.
Brandon Roy’s amazing performance against the Hawks in the fourth quarter Sunday night is just another notch in the belt of what should be an All-Star season. Even with a stomach virus, he was able to defend Joe Johnson and take a foul with just 2.3 seconds left. For all the love this man gets though, the question still remains, why weren’t Blazer fans more pro-active when it came to the All-Star Game? He wasn’t even in the top 10 in voting for guards. Is it because Portland is a small market? Is it because, in a town where substance is valued more than style, the All-Star Game has never been a priority? What’s the deal with the Blazers and the All-Star Game?
It’s a new week and the start of a new tradition on Blazerog. As Teddy Roosevelt said “I’ll never blame a man for the religion he was fed with his mother’s milk.” Well, some of us were fed a gallon of milk and a lump of hummus for religion and not much else.
As one of those unfortunates, I will use Mondays to post a question. I look to you guys for input on the boards; I’ll post the consensus next week. As they say in AA ‘fake till you make it.”
The Greatest Blazer
If you could construct the greatest Blazer from all past players what would he be made of? Clyde’s legs for hops, Sabonis’s hands, Walton’s beard?