Rise of the Blazers?

odenThis is not a UAB-themed post.

Is there any NBA team with more promise and more interesting prospects than the Portland Trail Blazers? As one who is probably 30% likely at this point, and probably increasingly so each month going forward, to move to Portland in the spring, I’m going to take it upon myself to follow the Blazers throughout the NBA season. Hopefully the results will be much different than my decision to follow Tottenham Hotspur in the EPL.

But seriously, look at the following players and tell me you’re not interested in seeing how they do:

Greg Oden
LaMarcus Aldridge
Jerryd Bayless
Rudy Fernandez
Brandon Roy
Shavlik Randolph

Wait, scratch that last one. With those five guys plus nice complementary players like Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw and Channing Frye, Portland has a chance to be legitimately competitive in the ultra-deep western conference. The Blazers actually did pretty well last year, despite no Oden and without the services of Fernandez, though they did own his draft rights.

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5 Responses to Rise of the Blazers?

  1. MAY says:

    Portland or bust!

  2. Trey says:

    Shavlik Randolph should legally change his name to “the cautionary tale that is Shavlik Randolph”

    Dunleavy’s early departure pissed me of, William Avery’s departure made no sense, but Randolph leaving early was stupifying.

  3. mao says:

    I never understood what happened to Shav. I watched him break Broughton’s (high school) single game scoring record previously held by Pete Maravich against my high school his junior year. He was unreal. Threes, on the post, free throws, I think he only missed two shots he whole night and put in like 56.

    Will Avery left early because he was flunking out. I couldn’t understand Dunleavy leaving though.

  4. Eck says:

    Shav left school because his dad was in deep shit for *I think* evading taxes and his fam needed the cash.

  5. mao says:

    Oh yeah, that’s right. Kind of like how Azibuke left UK because his dad was arrested and needed bail money, haha.

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