First, Our Star. Now, an All-Star.
So Brandon Roy ended our All-Star-less streak in magnificent fashion last night. Not since 2001 has a Blazer been selected to play in this contest. And, personally, we think it is a bigger deal to be selected as a reserve by the coaches than to be voted in by the fans. It’s a bigger compliment to be chosen by a select few that have more knowledge and expertise than to win a popularity contest. That being said, we think Roy has a decent shot at developing the kind of reputation that will get him enough fan votes in the future. There are some great articles out there today. www.oregonlive.com/blazers has some great art and a reaction from Nate. But, if you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re about something different than stats and recaps: the other blogs (on our blogroll) do a great job of providing that information. Instead, we prefer to scratch our chins, sit back and think about things a little differently. So we have some All-Star related thoughts below and invite you to rap with us about anything and everything Blazers.
- Should Travis have accepted if they’d invited him to the dunk contest? He initially said he would not go, even if invited. we personally think it would have done wonders for his self-esteem and maybe given him some much needed props around the league.
- Who should we send to the 3pt contest? James Jones? Steve Blake? Martell? We think Jones is clearly the best spot up shooter as evidenced by his numbers and he definitely wants to compete. He’s sort of our version of Craig Hodges. But Blake can shoot the rock and he has a tougher time shooting over people in games, so his numbers might be better with just him and a rack of balls. And there is no one, we repeat, NO ONE, in the league who shoots better than Martell when he’s hot. And that contest seems to be about getting on a hot streak after the first round. All in all, we’re inclined to say Martell for two reasons: he’s the youngest and strongest and the 3pt competition is all about not getting tired and keeping your legs and, secondly, if he won it would mean so much for his game and overall mindset.
- What Blazer of the years 2001-2007 may have deserved a shot at the All-Star game, but didn’t get one? Was it our record? Was there someone who was having a Dwight Howard-esque year? We think there were at least two years that Z-Bo should’ve made it, but that’s just us. Agree?