A destiny with a dynasty
To some, it is premature to say that in our near blazer horizon is the possibility of a dynasty. However, with our young guys playing like a veteran team (in terms of their chemistry on the court) and our future center waiting to play his first game, it’s not unrealistic to see the talents of Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden, combined, to be realized sooner than later. We know that these three with the right group of role players (which we’re pretty close to having) will win championships. The question is how many?
The word dynasty is loosely defined when it comes to sports. At least 3 championships in 5 years is a definition this blog will follow. There are teams that have achieved such “greatness” and we will attempt to compare these teams to our young blazers and see how we match.
The latest team that falls in this dynasty classification is San Antonio. They won in 2003, 2005 and 2007. They also became champions in 1999 before David Robinson retired. Dubbed as one of the most boring teams in the league, The Spurs have bored their opponents into their way to the championship. Their key to winning…..FUNDAMENTALS. You won’t see this team soaking ESPN highlights, unless there is an injury to one of the significant three (Duncn, Ginobli or Parker) or they win it all. The reason for their boring, yet winning ways is the militaristic style of Coach Pop. Hmmm, does that sound a little bit like our own “Sarge?” Coach Nate is definitely a fundamentals kind of guy, and if flair is your “thang” you won’t be playing much for either coaches. Let us also note that our key guy to this Trailblazer rebuild is a product of San Antonio, Mr. Kevin “The Balls” Pritchard.
Right behind the Spurs are the Lakers of the early 2000, where the team claimed the championship 3 straight times starting in the 2001-2002 season. The major reason for their championship gluttony? Shaq attack baby! Yes, many believe that it was the “zen-ness” of Phil Jackson that brought young Kobe and Shaq to resolution creating the bad vibes between the two stars into one harmonic amber energy, but look at the Lakers now. Kobe + Phil does not equal championship. We hate comparing ourselves to anything purple and gold, but the one thing we see that matches our current team with this one is the presence of a dominating big man. We can acknowledge that our big man is neither playing nor dominating right now, but come on, who are we kidding? We will bet that Mr. Oden will affect this league like Shaq and more than Yao or Dwight Howard, or we will give you one of our writers at the BlazersOG as one of your man servants (like Turtle in Entourage).
When speaking about NBA dynasties, the last two teams would definitely take the cake in championship success. The Chicago Bulls of the 1990’s and the Boston Celtics of the 50’s and 60’s are undoubtedly the teams that would make any fan drool if the success transcended upon their own championship-starving team. The Bulls had Mike and Scottie and the triangle of Phil. What made the bulls great were their two perimeter players. The basketball IQ of Mike and Scottie surpassed their need for a true big man. They knew what they had in their team and they made it work. Mike had triple doubles most nights, and because he did what the team needed every game, they were pretty much unstoppable. Brandon Roy, by no means is Michael Jordan, but the basketball IQ and the need for his team to win instead of filling up his stats makes him more like the “great air-ness.” We might not have a Scottie Pippen, but I like our chances with the twin towers of LaMarc and Oden compensating for this lack of a point forward.
Lastly, the greatest team of all time with 11 of 13 championships from 1957 -1969 are the Boston Celtics. Seeing that the average age of our writers is 26 years (2 years older than our current team) we don’t know much about the Celts. One thing we know is Bill Russell, and
Bill Rusell = Greg Oden. ‘nuf said.