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Mon, 19 Feb 2007 16:13:00 +0000(image) ok, i know alot of you aren't going to like this, but i think it needs to be said. the blazers have to to something with the center position now. and the means appear to be available to move someone. even though i like joel and respect magloire, if i was gm, i would try to move both. here's why..
Thu, 15 Feb 2007 16:04:00 +0000(image) ok, as the trade deadline approaches, i'm just curious to how everyone is feeling about where the blazers are at right now? do you think we should make a trade? should we move jamaal? should we move zach? someone else?
Mon, 12 Feb 2007 13:02:00 +0000first of all, let's get one thing straight: i really like gilbert arenas. guy is a stud, when he's on, he's as unstoppable as anyone in the league. and a second rounder to boot. love all that. even love the fact that he creates situations where he has a grudge to bear, reminiscent of mj, constantly stoking the competitive fire with fuel...but man, when the time comes you gotta back it up.agent zero declares that he is going to score fifty on the blazers the next time he sees them, even tells reporters to circle the date in their calendars. this is personal, nate mcmillan obviously had the pull with coach k. to leave gilbert off of team usa for the world championships. he's been dissed, his manhood has been challenged, nobody ever gives him enough credit, etc, etc, etc.so, come february 11, he's going to rain down 50, minimum, on the blazers and, i assume, help his team to a comprehensive victory...now, granted the wiz were without antawn jamison. (and etan thomas as well, after another boneheaded brawl with brendan haywood). however.. washington is one of the best teams in the east (for what it's worth), were playing at home, were trying to set a tone going into the all-star break and were playing a portland team that is an also ran in the west, quietly hoping for some oden/durant love and that relies heavily on three rookies and two sophs.in other words, the wizards had to be thinking that this was going to be a certain victory... oh dear.highlights of the night would include: portland absolutely crushing the wizards from start to finish, with mediocre games from randolph and roy and big contributions from jack, aldridge and dixon. score 94-73.arenas blames coach jordan's new emphasis upon defense as the main reason the wiz forgot how to score. jordan responds, 'that's stupid'.agent zero, goes oh for eight from three point land, and finishes with exactly nine points; less than caron butler and deshawn stevenson and exactly the same as donell taylor (???) who played precisely six minutes. genius.but this night was about portland coming of age. some of the comments after the game really demonstrated that the blazers are now fully nate mcmillan's team; tough, focussed, resilient and possessing a quiet, but steely determination. this was the best night of the season for the blazers, heck, the best night for years perhaps, and may change the way they look at themselves permanently. the gauntlet was thrown and they showed who the better team was and what they are capable of:"Thats like a dude saying he's going to punch you in your face," said Jarrett Jack, who guarded Arenas for most of the game. (Responding to Arena's promise of 50 points)"Other than the  turnovers, they (Blazers) probably executed the game plan better than we've seen them this season," McMillan said."You can't put your finger on it, Portland played good basketball, that's it. They played great basketball on both ends of the floor," Butler said."Frankly, we didn't have enough talent on the floor." (Eddie Jordan)it will be interesting to see if this game galvanises the young blazers, as i think it might, and interesting as well, to see how this affects the confidence and performance of the wizard's secret weapon.. perhaps agent zero should lay low for awhile.(quotes from the associated press)(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)[...]
Fri, 09 Feb 2007 11:16:00 +0000
Wed, 07 Feb 2007 12:59:00 +0000the basketball illuminati has decided that it would be beneficial for the masses to finally gain access to the information they have been craving, the questions that have been driving them. we will, therefore, and for your sole benefit, provide you with the latest musings from the ripcityone inner sanctum.What the Blazers really need...Dave - ..are more *complete* players. Roy is a complete player. Jack is a complete player. They're solid across the board, and they aren't defensive ciphers. Aldridge has the potential to be a complete big man.Get Zach out of Portland. His trade value will never be higher. He sucks on defense and he'll always be a black hole on offense. Get him out, develop Aldridge.They're stocked with tradable commodities from expiring contracts, young guys with "upside," and all the way down to a pretty decent first rounder again this summer. They aren't going to get Durant or Oden. Sure, it's something to dream about, but I have almost as good of a chance of making out with Beyonce. It's still going to be an attractive pick.I'd love to see them trade for a solid three, and there's a lot of decent options to be had. Maybe they can sway Indian to trade Granger if they offer up a young guy in return along with the pick - maybe Webster. Indiana needs a 2 that can shoot, and they pinned themselves to Dunleavy's horrid contract. Dun Dun is no 2, he's a 3 (albeit a soft, underachieving one). Or better yet, how about Deng? He's been dangled. That would be hot, Deng is a complete player.I don't want another baby, they should go out and get a slightly-seasoned 3 without glaring flaws.jackson- i'm with you on that dave, zach is the past. you keep him and he will burn you. like the luol deng angle, i'm also wondering about vince carter and paul pierce. i know that fit in precisely with the long term plans, but brandon roy would make both of those guys so much better.i still think if you can't fleece isiah thomas, you haven't done your due diligence yet. david lee, quentin, channing frye, another hustle guy in balkman; they've got parts we could use.or i like the idea of getting dorell wright and udonis haslem (and some combination)from the heat, and i think they would pull the trigger on zach trying to repeat as champions.and magloire HAS to be dealt; again a young wing would be good (hassan adams or antoine wright) or a shooter (mo pete).something can and should be done with zach and jamal, let's see who has the nad to pull the trigger.Dave - I don't think they can get that much for Magloire. Maybe if he had performed this year, but he's sucked. He's an expiring contract... they might just keep him. Clear the books, sign someone you can use later. Give Udoka a three year deal (not for that much). He's a great guy to have on the team. They can do that sort of stuff if they keep the cap space.As for trading Zach.. hell yeah! I don't want Wright.. doubt we can get him anyway. I think they can do better for Zach. Deng is a possibility, go after that. Zach is a perfect fit in Chicago (scores a lot, doesn't need to defend with Ben Wa erasing all his mistakes...)jackson- i'm with you on getting an athletic, aggressive small forward, the key to their future..now i don't know what the trade particulars might be, but with three way trades, almost anything is possible.how about al jefferson and a piece or two, say ryan gomes or delonte west? we've already fleeced danny once, let's go to the well again..i like the idea of trevor ariza. how about ariza and darko, who they aren't going to be able to afford to resign at this point, for zach. howard and randolph might dominate together. arroyo might be interesting as well.how about to seattle for rashard lewis and whatever? they're so inept they will probably lose him in the offseason anyway. matter of fact, rashard is EXACTLY what they need. hit the outside shot, crash the boards and run the floor. how can we make this happen?i'll think of some more...Dave - I don't wan[...]
Tue, 06 Feb 2007 16:36:00 +0000a look around the nba... feb 05 07
Fri, 02 Feb 2007 11:19:00 +0000a look around the nba... feb 01 07phoenix manhandles the once invincible spurs, who would've always got up for this game in the past. amare shows duncan the kind of ferocity it's going to take to go through them and nash gets to take it fairly easy for the night. you've got to think it's either suns or mavs as nba champs at this point, with a tension packed game 7 somewhere along the line to decide it. halelujah, the nba has officially recovered from its post-jordan malaise...dwyane wade wakes up in time from a nightmare game, to lay the wood on the spineless cavs. 24 points in the fourth quarter more than made up for the twelve turnovers he passed out like hors d’ oeuvres . and lebron was left watching the real star of the 03 class. again. shaq gets some productive burn, kapono keeps hitting shots, i can't believe this, but i think the heat are going to come out of the east again, otherwise known as the worst conference in history. another thing, why does lebron have to play for the cavs? just saying the word 'cleveland' makes me feel a little sullied, a little tired, a bit dirty and completely resigned.... i would rather have seen him as a knick or laker, at least then he could have been the ultimate anti-hero. but now he's just stuck in the crimson and gold (more like diaper filler) in exile. and he took mj's number, which my brother ben rightfully acknowledges, is an indication that he isn't looking as high as he should. or in other words, he's got no cajones. but that's another article..the big story today, however, is carmelo getting snubbed from the all-star team. how is this possible? the second best player from the 03 class, leading scorer in the nba and the usa basketball player of the year, can't get a sniff of the all-star game because of a sucker punch?? i'm usually a david stern sympathiser, but he's got this all wrong. it's like the death penalty for murder (hear me out); the 15 game suspension was supposed to act as the ultimate deterrent to having players act violently in the future. the problem with this, of course, is that acts like these are acts of passion, non-premeditated, and are therefore not governed by reason. when stern ups the ante to 15 games for one punch, what happens when an honest to goodness melee happens? (and of course it will) a season will be lost due to two teams being torn apart by suspensions. there's fighting in the nhl and the nfl. intense players are going to get into once in awhile, everyone who has ever played this sport knows this. they should just have a scale. leave the bench, a game. throw a punch or elbow, a game, land a punch, three games, multiple punchs, five to fifteen games, dependent. end of story. enter the crowd? that has to be strictly regulated; i'd give this a minimum twenty games and possibly a season suspension, dependent upon circumstances.so in the end... carmelo misses out on the all-star game, he'll get over it. stern has needlessly escalated a war of his own making, (sounds familiar?), and it will come back to haunt him and the league. oh, and i think melo will probably drop 50 on the blazers tonight, just to send a one fingered salute to the powers that be. bad time for portland to be heading to the mile high city.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)[...]
Thu, 01 Feb 2007 13:31:00 +0000(image) a look around the nba... jan 31 07
Thu, 01 Feb 2007 13:10:00 +0000so, i've been meaning to do this for awhile. some friends and family and i all hook up for some fantasy basketball and it has been obvious that some of us spend way, way, too much time checking stats, thinking of trades and just talking basketball. but it was also obvious that some of us had some really interesting things to say, often times much more insightful than the schlock you get on most channels and internet sites.