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Sep 15

Pre Pre-Season Underway

By mikebarrett Posted in: ElliotWilliams, 2010trainingcamp
Okay.  First things first.  Yes, the blog looks different.  I am very slow to adapt, so it took me a while to come around.  Finally, I've learned the new system (which took about 10, maybe 15 minutes) and off we go.  For those of you who comment often, and I appreciate you, you're going to have to change right along with me.  We're no longer using an outside source as the blog tool.  So, you'll have to register again.  I did it.  You can do it.

Secondly, I know it's been a while.  If there is a downtime in the NBA it's August, as you know.  So, I've been... wait a second, it's September?  My bad.  But, we're off and running now.  

The Trail Blazers practice facility in Tualatin has been a busy place as of late, as I've seen just about every single player in the last few days.  Some new faces in uniform, along with new faces on the coaching staff, and a new front office, and it's been a little strange.  A good kind of strange though.  And, it's clear that the season is just around the corner because there's that special energy in the air.

On a typical day right now the music is pounding in the weight room, the coaches are in meetings, and Rich Cho is on the phone.  The players are either lifting, or going through drills on the court- running, shooting, stretching, that kind of thing.  Oh, and then there are the full-court five-on-five games. 

Because this time is really about the players getting back and starting to dive back in, I don't normally get into breaking down the games, or individual performances.  I do talk a little about this stuff, but when they're here early, on their own, I usually feel this is really their time.  They are controlling the pickup games, and it's not really structured.  It's a luxury for us to even be in there, able to watch, and so I'm careful about this stuff.  I assume you understand where I'm coming from here.  I just don't want the guys to feel they are under a microscope at this time.  And, if they make a mistake, or have a bad run or two, it shouldn't be plastered on the internet for all to see.

With that being said (always dangerous when I start a paragraph like that), I will tell you a few things.  LaMarcus Aldridge is a legit 260 pounds, and you'll notice the difference when you see him.  He's ripped up.  Brandon Roy is very lean, and feeling very, very good.  He looks about 15 years old with the tight haircut and thinned-out features.  Wesley Matthews and Armon Johnson look like they could be playing defense in the NFL.  Wesley has been at the practice facility every single time I've been there.  The money isn't going to change him, and he's stressed that.  Joel Przybilla's rehab continues, and he was running full-court sprints without a hitch this week.  Same goes for Greg Oden, who is down around 270, reportedly.  He looks very good.  More on Greg in a minute.

Johnson played well at summer league, so you got a pretty good idea of what he brings to the team.  As for the other rookies, you'll probably be in for a surprise.  I had no idea Luke Babbitt and Elliot Williams were this good.  Granted, these are pickup games in September.  But, Babbitt looks like a totally different player than the guy we saw in Vegas- not suggesting he had a bad summer league or anything.  In the five-on-five stuff he has been beyond impressive.  He has put on muscle, is very quick, has a great back-to-the-basket game, and sticks just about every three he's allowed to take.

The guy who has been consistenly causing jaws to drop wide open is Elliot.  I talked to a scout today who believes Portland may have gotten the steal of the first-round of the draft.  We all heard the stuff about Williams recording a 48" vertical jump in pre-draft testing.  So, he was tested again.  He actually bettered that mark.  I've never seen a guy who causes the entire gym to stop, turn, and watch, when his vertical is tested.  Jeff Pendergraph told me this week he's never seen anything like it, and said he saw Elliot take just two steps, go off TWO feet, and hit the 12-foot mark with his right hand.  Yes, he can play too.  He'd be a YouTube sensation even if he didn't have game.  Wait until you see this guy jump.

Two guys we haven't seen yet recently wrapped up play in the World Championships- Nic Batum and Rudy Fernandez.  No one is worried about Batum, who will be the starting three and continues to get better and better.  I have no idea what's going to happen with Rudy.  I've said before that I wouldn't be shocked to see him on the roster for the start of training camp.  Now, I'm not sure I believe that.  But, it could happen.  There's still no rush to do anything with him.  When a deal hits Cho's desk that makes sense, it'll happen, and not before that. 

Most of your questions, obviously, are about Greg.  There isn't a timeline right now, and he won't be rushed.  To see him move around on the court right now would make you optimistic.  But, there's a big difference between running, drills, and game action.  I'd be curious to hear what your expectations are for Oden this season, or at least how you're approaching it mentally.  Is he still the savior in your mind, or are you in the anything-you-get-is-a-bonus camp? 

If you spend much time on trailblazers.com you've probably seen my interview with owner Paul Allen.  The one thing I'll say (and something you can obviously see) he looks very good.  Given what he's gone through in the last year battling cancer that was number one in my mind.  I was around him for a while before and after the interivew and he's just in such a better place physically.  It's great news.  And this was before the Seahawks got the season off to a great start.  

More to come this week.  Thanks for the patience in navigating this new blog format.  The iamatrailblazersfan social network is very cool and is getting bigger and bigger.  This blog is now housed on that platform, and that's one of the reasons the change was made.  Sign up so you can comment.  It just takes a sec.  I'm curious, as always, to hear your questions, comments, concerns, ect., as we rapidly approach training camp.

Talk to you soon.

 


227 Comments

  1. I'm so excited it's near that time again! I cry a little (a manly tear here and there of course) every time the season comes to an end, so I'm definitely looking forward to the start of training camp and everything. I can't wait to see the new guys in action as well as see our injured guys get back to full strength again. It's hard to picture Aldridge as a bulked up 260 lb. machine, so that will be interesting to witness! As well as a thinner, quicker Roy. Let it be October already!

    by Mark on 9/15/2010 4:27 PM
  2. Its about time you got a new blog out Mike.

    My expectations for Greg this year is to just stay healthy and work on his drop step. We were seeing it start to come into play last season before he went out.

    Really Greg just needs to prove that he is getting the fundamentals down. Holding onto the ball. Not commiting silly fouls.

    And for gods sake please no more injurys.

    by jeridmcintyre on 9/15/2010 4:40 PM
  3. For those who have accounts already on "iamatrailblazersfan" (I was one of them) don't need to sign up. Just log in if needed.

    Okay Mike, you got to get me a pass to the practice facility or let me tag along with you so I see all those things you're talking about. Just kidding. I know that would be a lot to ask from you. Actually if you could get a picture showing LaMarcus' muscle gain and post it on your next blog; that would be great. I'm really excited to see his new built. Just the thought of his extra strength is getting me excited for the season as that may actually be best thing to happen to the Blazer roster; even Brandon's trimmed down body.

    by Shem on 9/15/2010 4:48 PM
  4. Thanks for the post Mike. I would like to know your impression about how team chemistry has changed over time. It seems that a couple seasons back there were lots of stories about large groups of the players going out to dinner together, etc. I don't recall seeing those kind of stories this past year. Has it become more about business with the big contracts, trades and higher expectations, or do the guys still enjoy doing things as a group off-court?

    by gablazerfan on 9/15/2010 5:00 PM
  5. hey Mike! glad to see a new blog; hope your enjoyed your vacation. though i and others are impatient for your blogs, i understand the break. and yes, i can follow this format.

    fyi, this is my second day in my dorm at stanford and i thank you because this new blog makes me feel just a bit closer to home!

    the athleticism you describe regarding Elliot sounds amazing. i had thought he was athletic, but i never imagined a 42+ inch jump. seems to me that could come in handy on defense (wouldn't it be great if he had the opportunity to give Kobe a facial?!). it's great that the other players have noticed it too. like you said when it came to Jeff, he's never seen anything like that. neither have i. just hoping we get a chance to see him utilize it during games.

    we already talked about LaMarcus and Brandon's regiments over this offseason, so i won't comment much further on that, other to say i am extremely encouraged.

    the really encouraging thing to me about this blog is that Joel is running sprints, and this about six weeks before the season. if he can do this now, does it mean he will be ready for opening night? i certainly hope so. it seems like Greg might take a couple or few of extra weeks, but if we have Joel, then he and Marcus can man the center position without too much concern ... and when we get Greg back ... well, watch out!

    Armon and Wesley could play in the NFL? i love to hear they're so ripped and in shape. i've been confident in the Armonizer's abilities since the draft. while i've been skeptical of Wesley, i think i have made it clear that i hope he does well and helps us to our common goal. it seems he has the same goal.

    what happens with Rudy ... well, we'll see.

    what we have seen from Nicolas is that he can play multiple positions and be a go-to guy when needed (something i was telling hg a while back on a previous blog). he handled himself well and, while i am biased, i think he was putting on a bit of a show for Nate; a 'see coach, i can do this, this and that too!"

    Mike, thank you again for this blog. it makes the 675 miles a little closer. nice new pic here as well!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/15/2010 7:28 PM
  6. Mike: It is great to hear from you. My expectations of Greg is mostly stay healthy or at least that is my want. I still think of him as a savior, but logically I will say anything we get out of him is a bonus.

    I have been reading everything I can about the Blazers all summer whereever I can, but it is lots better getting it all from you in one blog. Great to have you back

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/15/2010 9:57 PM
  7. Ok i guess w will have to put up with all this change.good to hear from you.I'm getin antsy for Mike and Mike action.


    BLAZERSROCK

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/15/2010 10:08 PM
  8. MB,

    Thanks for the blog.

    Expectations for Greg. 50 games + playoffs. My prediction is that he'll be in the 13pts 10rebs and 2blks neighborhood stats wise. My expectation of the team and organization is that they manage his playing time and amount of games played with the playoffs in mind. Cliches about winning titles in November apply.

    Hearing that Lamarcus is 260lbs and looking like he doesn't need to ask anyone who the man is, is cool. Lamarcus is the post-camby/pryz future of the blazer back-up center spot. My expectations are really more of him than Oden at this point since he's already established his 18 and 8 productivity baseline.

    FanFest October 1st is the chance to see Elliot make his opening statement of intent/eligibility for the All-Star weekend dunk contest. Getting to see Wesley, Babbitt, Armon and any other training camp/new guys will be fun. We are so spoiled to have such a great team. I'll take our guys over a "superteam" any day.

    My brain might explode in anticipation. Oden at 270? Aldridge at 260? Elliot with a nearly 50" vertical? Wesley at linebacker? Armon at free safety? Brandon Roy got in a DeLorean and went back in time 15 years after visiting with Michael J. Fox this summer? WHAT?!? Blazers fans rejoice, a new season is almost upon us, and it is good.

    by reverse on 9/15/2010 10:17 PM
  9. MB,

    Thanks for the blog.

    Expectations for Greg. 50 games + playoffs. My prediction is that he'll be in the 13pts 10rebs and 2blks neighborhood stats wise. My expectation of the team and organization is that they manage his playing time and amount of games played with the playoffs in mind. Cliches about winning titles in November apply.

    Hearing that Lamarcus is 260lbs and looking like he doesn't need to ask anyone who the man is, is cool. Lamarcus is the post-camby/pryz future of the blazer back-up center spot. My expectations are really more of him than Oden at this point since he's already established his 18 and 8 productivity baseline.

    FanFest October 1st is the chance to see Elliot make his opening statement of intent/eligibility for the All-Star weekend dunk contest. Getting to see Wesley, Babbitt, Armon and any other training camp/new guys will be fun. We are so spoiled to have such a great team. I'll take our guys over a "superteam" any day.

    My brain might explode in anticipation. Oden at 270? Aldridge at 260? Elliot with a nearly 50" vertical? Wesley at linebacker? Armon at free safety? Brandon Roy got in a DeLorean and went back in time 15 years after visiting with Michael J. Fox this summer? WHAT?!? Blazers fans rejoice, a new season is almost upon us, and it is good.

    by reverse on 9/15/2010 10:20 PM
  10. Ugh... It's going to take time getting use to this new blog system. Not a fan of back text and white background, but it's definitely worth it when being able to post on this blog.

    Great to hear the great news. I don't want to sound like an idiot, so I'll ask this question - is it foolish to think we have the team ready to compete for the Championship?

    The amount of growth this team has achieved is amazing from last season. 50 wins with the injuries we had... I don't think any other team could have done that. That is something impressive. Something teams like OKC would never be able to achieve, and people rank them 2nd best behind the Lakers (and I think those people are unintelligent honestly and have no idea how basketball is played).

    We've got a great team, and in my opinion, we have what it takes to win the gold. So I'm setting my expectations high. I expect more than 54 wins, expect to be in the Western Conference Finals (Denver is done regardless if Melo stays, and honestly they WERE the only team I was worried about). I expect every player on this roster to give it their all every night. For the love of god no more lousy, frustrating games PLEASE. I'm really liking Babbit because it appears he can put the ball in the basket.

    Great to hear from you again Mike.

    by Herr on 9/15/2010 10:34 PM
  11. P.S.
    Thanks for getting me hip to the eblogger thing, as I thoroughly enjoy having a blog of my own. It is fun to put up a few pics and write a bit. Funny how I'm incredibly brief on my own blog, and annoyingly lengthy on yours...

    AND, sorry about the double posting. my track pad does that, and I can't seem to get it to go away on here.

    by reverse on 9/15/2010 10:49 PM
  12. This is the meatiest Blazers info I've been able to lay eyes on in some time, but it's a mere snack to tide me over until the feast begins in a few weeks. I'll echo the comments here and on other blogs where LaMarcus' newly found bulk has been mentioned - would a single picture kill you? Please? Surely with your pull, you could supply us with one tantalizing La-Morsel?

    by dbomb on 9/15/2010 11:12 PM
  13. Think Batum, given the chance, could be an eighteen point 6 rebound player. I hope we don't have a repeat of the You're taking shots that don't belong to you crap again. Everyone should be on the what it takes to win page.

    by Greg Lawrence on 9/16/2010 5:54 AM
  14. Think Batum, given the chance, could be an eighteen point 6 rebound player. I hope we don't have a repeat of the You're taking shots that don't belong to you crap again. Everyone should be on the what it takes to win page.

    by Greg Lawrence on 9/16/2010 5:54 AM
  15. I don't know if I will ever be able to navigate on this sight.

    I think Rudy will come back to training camp, if he is not traded, but as Mike Rice said on courtside, with the development of Matthews, Rudy's playing time is in jeopardy already.

    Antisipation of everything that is happening is really drivfng me crazy. "ya Vinnie, I know, it may be a short drive"

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/16/2010 6:26 AM
  16. Just wanted to let everyone know on here that we'll be rolling new enhancements to the blog over the next couple of weeks. One of them will be the email notifications that you guys were getting on Blogger when someone leaves a comment (you'll be able to turn that on or off depending on your preferences).

    We'll also be rolling out a different look/layout for the blog. Lots of feedback that people have a hard time reading a lot of white text on a black background, so we're fixing that.

    Any and all input is great appreciated as we do these sites for you as fans and want to make sure we do our best to make them great for you. Of course we may not be able to do everything for everyone, but we'll try ;-)

    And I am more excited for this year to start than previous years. Last year we were just playing short-handed the whole time, I want to see what these guys look all together. I think a lot of people are underestimating us, which is a better place to be in rather than "over-hyped" like other teams might be.

    Thanks!
    Dan.

    by Dan Harbison on 9/16/2010 7:44 AM
  17. As a cancer survivor, it's nice to see that Paul Allen has been found to be cancer free

    by Ancientone on 9/16/2010 7:46 AM
  18. Good stuff MB.... Always cool to hear that the guys are in and working, and yeah just talking about what is good makes sense to me, no need to be critical...it is time for these guys to start working together learning each others games...

    As for Greg... I sure hope he can come in and be a 15 and 10 guy... for me he has never been a Savior, it has been more about him bring to the team rebounding and a defensive corner stone in the middle. We need Greg to play and we need him to play well to make a difference on this team!

    Interesting you didn't say anything about the older 2 guys :-) What is up with Canby and Miller? Hope they come in and get some run with the guys and build chemistry!

    Go Blazers!!

    by pdgwhof on 9/16/2010 8:00 AM
  19. Mike,
    Great first-of -the-season post.

    As another commenter (or two) mentioned, navigating this site is awful -- both in design and performance. Hopefully I can just read you through the RSS feed and not suffer through, or even better, we see these issues addressed.

    by CHRISdotTODD on 9/16/2010 8:00 AM
  20. glad you switched formats, and glad you guys allow us to have this. If you go to other teams sites like the Suns they don't have this luxury of having an easily accessible message board attached to their NBA affiliated site.

    On another note, can you please start putting in some sweatshop-type hours in and start pumping out some blogs? I wanna hear about how Mike and MIke go their respective, and collaborative, start. Or anything else you are willing to share with us.

    Keep up the good work!

    by Crim on 9/16/2010 8:00 AM
  21. I am so deprived. I want basketball, I have been watching alot of baseball but with out a home town team it doesnt fill the void. Although The giants are a good team to go for.

    As for Greg, I just want him to make it to the play offs. Lamarcus I think will be the key to our game this year. I know alot of you may not agree. But he is a solid person. Granit i agree he needs more on the rebound end. But if he can just improve his ball handeling skills a little bit i think he will be unstopable. a chrish bosh type player. I have seeen year after year Lamarcus is solid. He is always around holding the team together when it doesnt seem like there is no chance to win. Think over the past few years when brandon get hurt or the entire team for that matter. LA is there. Now i say all this and he is not my fave player. So im not being a bias blogger. I just think when all the cards are on the table Lamarcus at 260 and ready to bang could make all the diffrence.

    by Avgjoe28 on 9/16/2010 8:01 AM
  22. Hey MB,

    First time posting, after years of reading. I wanted to put up a drexler photo because that Williams picture you have up reminds me very much of the Glide. Alas, I can't. Maybe it's just me, but he sure looks very similar in this one.

    It's good to hear about the progress of the team especially in these dog days. I'm very happy to hear Joel is running and it sure sounds like he's going to be ready. After going through exactly what he did last year with two patella surgeries, I can't help but want him to overcome his injuries and return to being that dominating big man in the middle on D. Man, for people that don't know, patella surgery is no joke. 5 months later and my knee still hurts.

    Anyways, I'm always glad to read the blog when you get the time and look forward to another great Blazer season and staying clear of that injury bug that bit the team (and me) last year.

    by PDXborn on 9/16/2010 8:14 AM
  23. I'm really excited for the season to start.I hope the team can stay healthy cann't get any worse than last season and even with all that we still made the playoffs :).

    MB is Greg up for a contract extention this year or next?Either way he needs to prove he can stay healthy and contribute.I still beleive he is a very important part of this team.Unlike Rudy who I beleive should be sent packing.I like most of you all was very excited when we got rudy and he didn't disappoint us after during his first year.Then he became a major headache he hasn't earned crap but expects everything to be handed to him send him packing asap plzzzzz.

    by ripcity4ever on 9/16/2010 8:30 AM
  24. I am so excited for the season to start, I can hardly stand it! My wife and I are moving to the Denver area, so I am sad that we won't get to go to many games. But you can bet we will be at the games when the Blazers are in town to proudly represent Portland. I am bulking up on Blazers jerseys, so that I have one to wear nearly everyday. I'm sure I'll make a lot of friends. :) NBA League Pass, here I come!

    by ColdCutz1 on 9/16/2010 8:34 AM
  25. hey ColdCutz1, i know what you mean about moving away. but that means we cheer louder, longer and brighter. in my case, i have a roommate from just north of l.a., but she's not a huge basketball fan ... she says she'll allow me to expose her to the blazers.

    i'm doing my part ... one potential laker fan is about to be converted!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/16/2010 9:11 AM
  26. Thanks MB !! Can't wait to see EW !
    Go Blazers !!!

    by Kim~ on 9/16/2010 9:38 AM
  27. Thanks for the update and blog, Mike. You do a great job; keep it up.

    What's the strategy to be with Oden's resigning? Is he o.k. with playing another year and becoming a restricted free agent? Would he interpret no offer as an insult? I'm hoping the Blazers won't try to "lowball" him. Are negotiations the usual "ongoing"? While I know we'll likely get no real details until the deal is done, have you any insight into the approach the team is taking?

    by jerryag on 9/16/2010 9:46 AM
  28. Kassandra:

    If your roomate is a L*ker fan, tell her to be sure to root for the star Stevie Blakie

    gotch

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/16/2010 10:02 AM
  29. After reading Dan's instructions, I finally figured out how to get rid of 00 and put my ugly mug on my profile.

    I was going to ask for a vote of which one's the fan's prefer, but there is to many 00 and only one like me----SORRY

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/16/2010 10:05 AM
  30. hg, that's just my point ... Julie is not a lakers fan (she thinks they're snobby and is convinced Bryant should be in a colorado prison. i showed her some stuff on Brandon and Nicolas and she likes the way they carry themselves. she's totally going to turn to the blazers (and she's reading over my shoulder as i type that!).

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/16/2010 11:14 AM
  31. hg, that's just my point ... Julie is not a lakers fan (she thinks they're snobby and is convinced Bryant should be in a colorado prison. i showed her some stuff on Brandon and Nicolas and she likes the way they carry themselves. she's totally going to turn to the blazers (and she's reading over my shoulder as i type that!).

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/16/2010 11:27 AM
  32. Hey Mike,

    I have to say my expectations for Greg this year is huge. We don't need him to be better than Durant, he just needs to stay healthy and rest will fall into place. I am so torn right now in my head and I can't decide anymore if I think he's gonna be fine, or one of the biggest busts in recent history. I have always been an Oden defender, but I am obviously have a hard time doing that right now.

    I know it is good that he rests right now, because we need him in March and April more than we need him in September. I would rest the entire Pre Season, and not use him until we have to.

    I understand that you work for the Blazers and that you can't say everything that maybe you would like to. But Is there anything at all that you can tell us about what his situation is like right now? When I watched Courtside I kinda had that feeling watching you guys that you know something bad is coming about Oden and you just can't talk about it. Especially since Rich Cho will not disclose what he learned about injury prone Centers in his research. I also have the feeling that KP's firing had alot to do with the drafting of Oden.

    It's a really scary time to be a Blazers fan right now, and people are pretty uneasy. So anything, just anything that you can report about Greg is much appreciated.

    -Buddy

    by Buddy Wallingford on 9/16/2010 12:18 PM
  33. Anything big GO gives us is a bonus! Here's to a great year!!
    Nice blog MB!

    by budmuthah on 9/16/2010 1:37 PM
  34. Kassandra:

    You and your roommate leaning on each other is great. I read a few of yours and her post on your web sight and thought you were hitting it off together.

    As far as Kobe goes, I don't think it was rape, but he has a wife, two beautiful kids and a world of fans that he hurt by being a chauvinistic pig. Being single can be great, being married can be great, but when you try to get the best out of both worlds, In my opinion is bad, bad, bad.

    Oops, best I quit before I get in trouble.

    U B a California girl with a Trailblazer heart now with Oregonian roots

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/16/2010 1:46 PM
  35. I am excited for this years team. Fully believe 54 wins this year. Playoffs once again. Oden will stay healthy this year, thanks to the management not rushing him. Rudy will be traded eventually, the question is what will he do until then. I thought he would like Portland because of how he was a fan favorite. If he doe not want to play for us then why put him on the court? LA coming back twenty pounds heavier and his weakness been worked on is what this team need. If I was the coach, Bayless will play more minutes then last year. Wesley is going to make this defense better then ever. This is the year to really watch out for the Blazers because we will win and we will go deep into the playoffs.

    by Jtaussig on 9/16/2010 1:47 PM
  36. Thanks for the Blog, Mike. Can't wait to see the new guys play! I hope Rudy ends up somewhere where he'll be happy, and that we get someone for him who wants to come off the bench and play good defense when given a chance.

    by kobestopperlives on 9/16/2010 2:06 PM
  37. this article on yao is very interesting:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5580307

    my belief is that a similar stance should be taken with greg.

    by reverse on 9/16/2010 3:14 PM
  38. Thank you Mike for keep in us inform in our belove TEAM. !!!!

    by esponjar on 9/16/2010 3:16 PM
  39. hg, you're impression of Julie's comments on my blog were right on. it's been just two days, but it seems like we've known each other for quite a while. neither one of us worries about the little things (i.e. where to put the refridgerator, microwave, hotplate; and other such things. it helped us a great deal that we were able to be in contact for the month prior to moving into our room. we kind of got a feel for each other and where the other is coming from. she actually reminds me a little of my sister, Jessica, with her quick wit and generous attitude.

    it's probably not a good idea to get into the Bryant thing, except to say that 18-year-old girls probably see the issue differently than others. just food for thought.

    now, wash your mouth out with soap -- i am NOT a california girl (despite the fact i was born and spent the first eight months of my life in southern california). i am, always have been and always will be an oregon girl. my license plate says so!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/16/2010 3:16 PM
  40. I also don't like change. This isn't to bad though. The one thing I don't like is before I would click on add a comment and then read the article on that page since it was black font on white background which I like better. Now I don't have that option. Oh well.

    Thanks for the info on the players. Glad to hear that LA has really added the muscle we hear he had before.

    I just want Oden to be healthy. I think if he's healthy the championships will naturally follow. I'm fully confident in Oden being able to dominate when he's playing, his health is the only thing that might stop him. If he stays healthy in five years everyone will be wondering why some thought we should have taken Durant.

    I couldn't find 'add to my huddle'.

    Good to hear from you again! :)

    by mgb on 9/16/2010 4:40 PM
  41. Ok, a change I really hate is I don't see anyway to have blog replies sent straight to my by email? Have we lost that option or have I just not figured out how to do it? I sure hope it's the latter.

    by mgb on 9/16/2010 5:01 PM
  42. Dan,

    I should have read your post before I made my complaints. Sounds like you are taking care of my major complaints. These email notifications, will it have the whole msg or will I have to come here to read the comments?

    I uploaded a pic for my avatar, but it still shows 52. I read hg was able to follow your instructions, but I couldn't find them.

    by mgb on 9/16/2010 5:28 PM
  43. hey MGB! it's weird, like we all left one place and are finding each other in a new place. anyway, Dan gave me some instructions for changing my profile pic/avatar thing. let me see if i get this correct: you go to edit profile, then upload the pic. you have to 'save avatar 1,' then it will come up again, you 'save avatar 2.' after this i belive you go to the bottom of the page and save your profile changes/edits. i changed my pic earlier today (girls my age will frequently do that!) and i think that's how it worked.

    Greg's health seems to be at the forefront of a lot of the comments. i too agree that his health is paramount to our playoff success. i think we can get pretty darn far with Marcus and Joel, but having Greg healthy would make us extremely strong in the middle. imagine if we had all three in a tightly called came. Greg starts and picks up two fouls. no problem, we bring in Marcus, then he picks up a couple of fouls. again, no problem because we just bring in Joel. if healthy, we are the deepest team at center from what i can see. i really like the sound of that.

    on the new format ... yes, it's a change, but Dan already said there will be some tweaks so if you have an opinion, let these guys know. i, for one, like that there is no delay (no offense Mike and Dan) between posting the comment and it being immediately visible (though i'm guessing some things are still subject to moderation if need be).

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/16/2010 6:09 PM
  44. Thanks for the help, Kassandra!

    I had done everything you said, but when it said save as avatar 2 I didn't do it because I thought it would make it the backup not the main avatar, but once I went in and did that and saved the changes it worked. Thanks again!

    Oh, btw, another thing I notice is this is a bit slow, but that probably will change in the future too.

    by mgb on 9/16/2010 10:24 PM
  45. this post by dave over at BE is right on target:

    http://www.blazersedge.com/2010/9/16/1693880/2011-expectations-greg-oden

    being that the playoffs are that special situation in which Greg Oden can shift the balance of power, they should use him minimally up until that point. just my opinion of course.

    if greg and brandon (not to mention joel, nic and marcus) had been healthy against phoenix is there any question who wins that series? the spurs would have been swept by the blazers instead, and then?!?

    by reverse on 9/16/2010 10:34 PM
  46. about elliot williams

    there seems to be a great deal of excitement/anticipation about his abilities and potential. in my opinion, one of the most crucial things to see from him is his willingness to suit his game to his team.

    in distinction to someone like rudy, who seems to think that the coach, game plan, and his teammates (to some extent) should bend to meet him, elliot needs to develop his game to suit the blazers.

    we all love jerryd bayless, but again, he does not tailor his game to suit his team. jerryd plays an attack the rim and ask questions later type of ball when the blazers need something different in the long run. they don't need an offensive star they need a highly efficient complimentary player.

    enter wesley matthews. rudy doesn't want to defend, or accept a bench role? jerryd doesn't work enough on his outside shot? the blazers brought in a guy that works so hard that he's created his own category in the nba. undrafted to multimillionaire in one quick season.

    what does this have to do with elliot williams? if elliot wants to enjoy success and playing time on a team with the wealth of talent that the portland trailblazers have, he'd be quick to take note of one guy, steve blake. if you could transplant steve blake's brain into elliot's body, you'd have the perfect player for this team.

    regular readers know that i was not steve blake's biggest fan. this in NOT because i ever questioned blake's determination or effort. in my opinion, steve is a championship level back-up point guard (not starter). physically he lacks the ability of a top ten point guard. this isn't a huge knock because i do mean top ten in the world.

    what elloit needs to do is focus on being able to play with brandon, nic and wesley. his 3pt shooting should become a huge priority. this will open space for others, and force defenders to make themselves vulnerable to his drive and athleticism. his ball handling and decision making skills should be focused on as though he is going to play point guard and initiate the offense. think steve blake efficiency.
    he should also focus primarily on defense, & defending point guards and 2 guards. defending pick and roll situations, fighting through screens, battling bigs on switches, and communicating with teammates.

    as a rookie he may not be a big time regular in the playing rotation, but i already have high hopes for him in the future. portland needs an all-court type player to play with brandon, nic, wesley, dante and the rest of the young guys. they also need someone who will be able to use superior athleticism on the perimeter to protect marcus, greg and the rest of the bigs so that the 4s and 5s can play to their potential without picking up fouls by overcompensating.

    there you have it, what i think about elliot williams and how he can carve out as his niche and playing time with our portland trailblazers.

    by reverse on 9/16/2010 11:08 PM
  47. Thanks Mike,

    Well it seems that everything should be setting up for a great season. It is tough to have this many questions about health and PT, but one thing that I am super stoked about is Armon Johnson. Watching him play in summer league he just seems like on of those guys you know what your going to get. And stability, defense and consistancy are great traits to have. Don't think he will get a lot of PT, but love the kids game. Looking forward to reading your blogs as training camp begins!

    by RipCityBlaze on 9/17/2010 12:21 AM
  48. Travisd:

    You seem to be on the other side of the fence on the Greg expectations. My theory is to play the heck out of him to make him tough for the play-offs. If he is ready to play then he is ready to play--If he hasn't completely recovered than wait until he is, but don't treat him with kid gloves until some future hope event that may never happen.

    If camby takes us to the play-offs, don't you think he should be the one that plays in the play-offs.

    I do agree with a healthy Greg, Joel or a healthy BRoy by himself would have made the play-offs completely different. We owned them in regular season because of those three and we would have owned them in the play-offs the same way. Although you can't baby them with the fear of repeat of last year. let all of them play their hearts out and let what ever happen happen. Besides, IMO half the fun of the play-offs is getting there.

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/17/2010 4:02 AM
  49. darpunk:

    As it seems that you are taking suggestions for improvement of the sight and blogs. Is it possible or even conceivable to have a reply comment to a certain post much as Or-Live and BE does. There is drawbacks to that format also, so I leave it to your discretion

    by Hg on 9/17/2010 4:10 AM
  50. MGB: your ver welcome. nice to associate a face with the name!

    HG: 'darpunk' is Dan. just thought i'd me tion that. on the other note; if Marcus and Joel are healthy, as well as Greg, then we won't really have to worry about resting Greg or not playing the heck out of him or whatever -- those questions would basically answer themselves.

    i'm really hoping for an injury free season this year (relatively speaking, of course).

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/17/2010 6:53 AM
  51. Mike:

    I just listened to you on OR-Live, the 5 Q for the blazers going into training camp. That was very, very good.

    Everybody listen to this and you will get lots of questions answered or at least the feeling that our team is in great hands

    http://blog.oregonlive.com/blazers/2010/09/portland_trail_blazers_5_train.html

    I read and listen to all as much as possible, and some of Mike's words are opinions only as he says they are, but they are great answers and or at least a well educated guess LOL.

    I thank you sir for the time.

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/17/2010 7:40 AM
  52. Yes...I admit it...I'm a HOMER - even from over here in Bend. Your post is all I needed to get fired up Mike, thanks for the little details, oh and noting the huge leaping ability by Elliot! I'm in the "anything-you-get-is-a-bonus camp, which is really where we all should be...maximize our established assets and let him work his way back.

    Thanks for the post, I look forward the next!

    by BendBlazerFan on 9/17/2010 7:41 AM
  53. Kassandra:

    I know darpunk is Dan. I remember from when I got in trouble when promoting you as queen of the blog LOL.

    On Greg and Joel. I was just stressing my opinion on playing them whether than staching them for the play-offs. I was more or less trying to say what you said. If all three of them are healthy, (remember Camby the canbyman has bad ankles) then the question will answer themselves. Very good Oregon Gal.


    Hg.

    by Hg on 9/17/2010 7:49 AM
  54. It's funny how once you get over 50 you hate change,become more inflexible.It's amusing.Now,how do I get my ugly mug on here?
    MGB......they are working on the Email option.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/17/2010 7:55 AM
  55. Hey Lebrona the Pirahna.............You chewin em up and spittin em out down dere in Cali. Must suck bein the only Blazer in a sea of jackasses.I know you will represent for us ,my sistah.
    Hope you don't miss the fam too much.I know how important they are to ya.Remember, Skype and a webcam can make it just like being there.
    Toodles,The Vinster

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/17/2010 8:01 AM
  56. Vinster:

    Go up and read Lebrona the Pirahna's instructions they will get your ugly mug on instead of 00. or go to Dan's profile. he gave me the instructions to do so. Either way you will figure it out as I did. The only thing is when avatar 2 comes up you should center the little picture to show what you want to show.

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/17/2010 8:44 AM
  57. Vinster! i've already met two blazer fans here and several 'i don't really have a team' people. believe me, anyone who comes in contact with the Piranha will be exposed to the blazers! as for my family ... there are no unresolved issues or anything like that; i just miss the hack out of them. you're completely correct, though, through technology it's easy to communicate with them.

    EowynAmarie: i saw your comment on the previous blog. yes, i'm settled in the dorm and pretty much have everything set up. my roommate is great. i'm very optimistic right now and it's just like you said; it's a new chapter in my life. scary, yes, but exciting as well.

    my roommate and i are about to head off to the beach for the day. perhaps this time in solitude with each other will be a perfect time to tell her even more about the blazers than i already have.

    that's right guys, LaBrona the Piranha is converting californians into blazer fans ... one dormmate at a time!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/17/2010 9:03 AM
  58. HG: The current system currently doesn't allow for what you describe (called "threading"). We will try looking into a system that would allow for such a thing, but right now it's just not setup to work that way.

    by damir on 9/17/2010 9:34 AM
  59. Hey BendBlazerFan:

    Hi, From a homer PrinevilleBlazerFan from across the way.

    by Hg on 9/17/2010 9:46 AM
  60. Well, not too fired up about the new format, as I've found Blazers.com to be buggy at best. Blogger is powered by Google who, as far as I can tell, is infallible (they've got a verb named after them!). I'll be very happy to see an option to have future comments emailed to my Gmail account. Furthermore, I don't want any of the regular commentators to be offended, so I'll lay it out: I don't do "friend" services, so if I don't accept your requests, please don't take offense. I just choose to do my social networking analog (telephone & face-to-face). I'm here to talk Blazers, and that's all...okay, a little off topic conversation is cool, but I intend to use the website itself for commenting on MB's blog--no more, no less.

    In that spirit... I'm in the "any Greg is good enough for me" camp. At this point, I've come to see him as a novelty, rather than a pillar of the franchise. I think we can win a championship without him, so fretting over how many games he'll show up to is irrelevant. I might get to the point of depending on him if he makes it through the season without shattering something, but judging from his track record, I can't say that's going to happen.

    To clarify, I would love nothing more than a healthy Greg to go on to beat the record for consecutive games played. He is a cool dude with a lot of talent that deserves to overcome his fragile reputation.

    by 500Dogs on 9/17/2010 10:15 AM
  61. Okay, I give up. How do you change the picture from a number to a photo. I uploaded the photo I want, it appears as my profile photo, but when I commented #88 appears. By the way, during the process, the connection timed out on me three times.

    Please go back to blogger. This sucks.

    by 500Dogs on 9/17/2010 10:41 AM
  62. 500Dogs: echoes to what you said about Greg.

    however ... the problem is that i could tell you how to upload your photo, but you have to be on my friends list first!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/17/2010 1:02 PM
  63. Alright, here's how I figured out how to change the photo for the uninitiated: First upload the photo you want, save it as Avatar 1. Then upload the same photo and save it as Avatar 2... I don't think those are very good instructions, but it's the best I can do.

    After saving the desired photo (it's a fireworks display in Geneva, Switzerland) as my profile pic and finding my comments carried only the number, I wrestled with the site for a spell, failed after some serious bugs, and walked away. Having returned some hours later, I uploaded the photo again. Now, having two photos in my archive, I was able select a smaller version for my thumbnail-sized comment pic--at least I think that's how it worked, but I find it a miracle that anything works on this site, which is deeply ironic considering the software background of the team's owner.

    Oh well, having sorted this out, I guess the only interaction I'll have with the site will be to read the stellar content of Barrett's Blog, with the occasional headache of trying to navigate the video archives (I'll probably just go to youtube [another Google subsidiary]).

    Good luck with your pics, fellow commentators! I hope this helped.

    by 500Dogs on 9/17/2010 3:49 PM
  64. I think it would be smart to rotate Oden/Camby/Pryz and only have 2 of them active each game. This would give them WAY more rest, especially since they've all spent much time injured in their careers. Each plays about 55 games, rarely playing on back 2 back nights. This would also allow Pendegraph, Cunningham & Babbit a few more minutes per game. ....Oh, and sit tRudy down and don't let him play for even Spain in the Olympics. Teach him to stop being an ingrate!

    by TP23 on 9/17/2010 6:09 PM
  65. I think it would be smart to rotate Oden/Camby/Pryz and only have 2 of them active each game. This would give them WAY more rest, especially since they've all spent much time injured in their careers. Each plays about 55 games, rarely playing on back 2 back nights. This would also allow Pendegraph, Cunningham & Babbit a few more minutes per game. ....Oh, and sit tRudy down and don't let him play for even Spain in the Olympics. Teach him to stop being an ingrate!

    by TP23 on 9/17/2010 6:11 PM
  66. I think it would be smart to rotate Oden/Camby/Pryz and only have 2 of them active each game. This would give them WAY more rest, especially since they've all spent much time injured in their careers. Each plays about 55 games, rarely playing on back 2 back nights. This would also allow Pendegraph, Cunningham & Babbit a few more minutes per game. ....Oh, and sit tRudy down and don't let him play for even Spain in the Olympics. Teach him to stop being an ingrate!

    by TP23 on 9/17/2010 6:13 PM
  67. Thanks for the help, Kassandra!

    I had done everything you said, but when it said save as avatar 2 I didn't do it because I thought it would make it the backup not the main avatar, but once I went in and did that and saved the changes it worked. Thanks again!

    Oh, btw, another thing I notice is this is a bit slow, but that probably will change in the future too.

    by mgb on 9/17/2010 7:11 PM
  68. Hello Mr. Barrett! So very nice to hear from you. Hope your break has rejuvenated you :)

    I do not see Greg as a savior, and honestly will be happy if he can stay mostly healthy and give us a strong presence in the middle when we need it. Which isn't necessarily every game, or several minutes of every game. So, I guess that makes me in the "anything-you-get-is-a-bonus" camp!

    Everyone, nice to see you all here. I frequent this site from time to time, commenting on discussions and such, and have never had too many problems. I think once we all get used to it, it will be just fine.

    Very excited to go to Fan Fest and watch the scrimmage, especially since I will be missing the first game in my pack, as I have to go to Ottawa (though this may still fall through). I don't know who my hubby is going to take, but someone gets to watch the Blazers beat the Warriors :) CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS TEAM ON THE FLOOR!!!!

    GO BLAZERS!!!

    by EowynAmarie on 9/17/2010 9:34 PM
  69. Why did a comment I made show up again 21 hrs later?

    Very odd.

    by mgb on 9/17/2010 10:29 PM
  70. I can't wait for EDub to throw one down on somebody.A lot of people think that Edub and the Armonizer aren't gonna see much floor time.I don't know how they can keep two guys that talented off the floor.Watch out JBay.Dre can show EDub how to skywalk:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/17/2010 11:56 PM
  71. hg...who would you consider to be our most hated rival besides the Lakes?

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/18/2010 12:01 AM
  72. Vinster:

    There is a couple of teams I hate, Denver for their gangster behavior--the old Jail Blazers. The Celtics for the same reason I hate the l*kers and that is mostly due to the media and I take it out on the teams, but it is because of KG, the barking dog and Kobe the unfaithful or rapist as some thinks.

    The real rival is the old I five rivalry, OKC. That is because they are in our division and the on-going debate, mostly on BE between KD and GO.

    Even to this day with all GO's bad luck with injuries and KD's instant stardom, I have no regrets with us choosing GO, but I would like to silent the haters and the doubters.

    I think KD is a terrific player, I think BRoy is just as terrific. Of course with my bias I think Batman is as good as KD. Not in scoring but the equivalence in defense. KD is getting better on D, but he is no Batman. Batman is getting better on O, but he is no KD.

    Sorry for the rant, when a simple OKC would have done as good, but I had to give ancientone time to get a snack.

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/18/2010 3:29 AM
  73. TravisD:

    I know this is a little late on your comment about the Trailblazers taking the same approach on Greg as Houston is taking on Yao, I disagree to the point that Yao has a chronic foot injury problem and Greg's injuries has been isolated and not chronic. His banging knees could happen in one minute of play, his broken patella may have been from returning to play to fast after chipping his patella. I don't know that for sure, but it has been said by Mike and many other blogs that the Dr. say it takes about a year for the patella to heal completely; other then that his injuries are unrelated; therefore if he is healed he is healed and there should be no restrictions on him. Now, if it is proven that his bones are unhealthy because of the entire giant syndrome's that has been mentioned since his injury, by all means there should be a restriction plan.

    This is just IMO, with no links or documents to back it up, but I have been accident prone all my life, I have been told many times over that I was an accident just waiting for a place for it to happen. Part of my problem was much like Greg's sacrificing my body for the cause. So in that respect maybe, he should be thinking in terms of being cautious of his body and not to play in reckless discount of his body. But it would do no good to restrict his playing time for the reason that any one of his accidents could have happened in one play whether he played long minutes or short minutes.

    by Hg on 9/18/2010 7:19 AM
  74. So.....my sellout is complete....Comcast is now in place in my home and I am trying to adjust to the differences in their hardware versus Dish's. I HATE that I had to switch and will keep hoping something works out for the satellite providers, so I can GO BACK!! However, I am thrilled that I will get ALL the Blazers games, like any loyal fan should be able to do :)

    I am watching the 1992 All-Star game, and man....was Clyde good or what? I haven't really watched him play for a long time, and I had forgotten how truly GOOD and how ultra-COMPETITIVE he was! I mean, he made it a mission in life to try to beat MJ EVERY time he walked out on the court and it was super fun to watch. It was a good perspective check for me, because lately, I have been thinking that Roy was outpacing my all-time favorite Blazer. I get so caught up, and I admire Roy as a PERSON so much, and his style is so beautiful to watch. But he just isn't up there with Clyde yet :) Now, I know Roy has plenty of time to continue to improve and develop, but having watched Clyde really PLAY again....made it clear he's not there YET. I know Roy WANTS to win, but I think we are going to need to see him get a bit tougher. Obviously, he isn't Drexler, but that competitive spirit seems to be lacking to a degree (maybe I just can't see it underneath all the smooth, calm demeanor). I have confidence it will emerge and I can't wait to see it. So, Drexler is safe for now....and I will be hoping Brandon surpasses him soon :)

    by EowynAmarie on 9/18/2010 9:44 AM
  75. Eowyn Amarie:

    I promised I would not debate with you, but Clyde and BRoy are two different types of players. Where Clyde was a slashing driving fast-break player, Roy is a slow paced deliberate player almost to perfection. Don’t get me wrong, I think Clyde was a terrific player, but he relied almost entirely on his athletics, which I agree was better then BRoy’s, BRoy, is a trained assassin to the extent that they call him the natural.

    Clyde would not practice if he could get out of it in anyway, whereas BRoy lived in the gym. Clyde was actually like MJ is the fact that he was out for himself, and made his teammates better players because of his greatness not because of being a great team player, whereas BRoy sacrifices much of his game to make his teammates better and is a great team player.

    Anyway, IMO, they are two different types of players and it would depend on your outlook as two which was the greatest. It has been said time and time again that Clyde was a tremendous Athlete but did not have a great BBIQ; whereas BRoy depends on his BBIQ and isn’t quite as athletic, but I can’t argue that point. And since I don’t have Comcast—(a little jealousy here) I don’t often see BRoy play, I have to rely on my ears and what I read, --Oh did I tell you that I can’t hardly hear and my reading skills are kindergarten level LOL.

    I do agree with you though by 1992 Clyde was far more advanced in his career then BRoy at this time in his career along with the fact that Porter, Kersey, Cliff and Buck was further along in their development then Greg, LMA, and especially Batum. Dre and Buck were about the same as both were brought here as veterans.

    by Hg on 9/18/2010 10:41 AM
  76. ea,

    your comments on the glyde vs. the natural are interesting. once brandon takes the blazers on a DEEP playoff run, we'll see.

    hg,

    my view on oden is very much in the extreme. they could start him in february and i'd be happy. play him those 35 games to end the season, and then the playoffs. no one needs to agree with me, but that is what is truly needed from greg. get in rhythm, get some confidence and then play 25min a game in the post-season. conventional views will not suffice for me. the blazers ownership/management need to be VERY unconventional. it could garner a few titles. again, just one man's opinion. no one needs to agree.

    when looking at an nba schedule, and the amount of travel, i often marvel at how the players get through all of that madness. when rudy seems like he wants to go back to a league where he will play 2-3 times a week, get paid almost as much, and travel WAY less, part of me empathizes with him. when people are overly critical of these guys for playing their asses off (not saying you are overly critical hg, but generally), it bothers me. maybe greg isn't made to play 100+ games a year, but if we can get 50 out of him...

    by reverse on 9/18/2010 12:35 PM
  77. I love this Blazer squad, and among them, as PEOPLE, I llike Brandon the best. I like him the best as a player, too. His game is unusual in this league, especially when it accompanies the level of talent he has. Roy could be a superstar, if he were willing to be more selfish on the floor. Now, I value Roy for NOT being selfish, and immensenly enjoy the fact that we are becoming a TEAM and not a one-two-or-three-man show. Having said that....it is truly worth considering why it is Kobe and MJ have the rings they do. I am positive their attitude and control of the floor has something to do with it. Do I want Roy to change? No, not really. Do I think he might need to, as Mr. Bryant said during last season's All-Star festivities? Perhaps.

    I am not exactly sure what I need to see from Roy that will make me certain he can really and truly lead this team to a championship, but so far, it isn't there. When I say that Drexler is above Roy, THAT is what I mean. Drexler was selfish and arrogant, but he, being the leader of the team, had taken the Blazers to that point, where they COULD have won another ring for Portland (at least in my perception at the time, which I will admit, being a teenager, was perhaps not as sophisticated at the time as others may have been). I read on BE that Dave said something about Roy becoming more of a vocal leader on the floor, and putting himself firmly in charge of the team, rather than seeing himself as equal to everyone. Perhaps that is what I am after. Does it mean he has to be a jerk about it (ala Drexler, Kobe, MJ)? No, of course not. And thank goodness, because if it did, it would never happen. Roy is just too good of a guy. But he is going to need to step up more, in some intangible way, before, in my mind, he can surpass Drexler. At the end of the day, it's just my OPINION, and not really a matter of debate. I wasn't out to start a whole thing about it, just posting my musings, which I suppose I should be more careful of in the future :)

    by EowynAmarie on 9/18/2010 2:24 PM
  78. hg...My personal most hated is Utah. they owned us last year and a couple of our best early whippins came from them. I hate their coach as well as their team and have hated them since the Karl Malone/John Stockton days.I won't miss
    Boozer a bit. Looking forward to giving them a good throttling next year.
    Anybody else.Who is your most hated team.CMON let it out!!!!!!!!.What else have we got to do till the season starts?

    I'm just starting trouble as usual:)

    Has anybody got any quality game photos.I'd like to make a video with some new music I created and have very little or poor quality game photos.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/18/2010 2:27 PM
  79. Eowyn Amarie:

    Touché
    Your opinion is valued and in that respect, I agree with you. That is what I was meaning when I said Clyde and BRoy are different type players and one may not be better then the other, but just different. Maybe BRoy does need to be more of a vocal leader and more selfish.
    I am sorry I broke my word that I would not try to create a debate with you, but my argumentative nature just wins out. I hope I didn’t offend you.

    Travis:
    You do have a solid point that I will ponder on. I wasn’t trying to debate with you just stressing my opinion without much wisdom. Thanks for your reply.

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/18/2010 3:16 PM
  80. Here's a sweet piece on Wesley Matthews.
    http://ripcityproject.com/2010/09/17/a-look-at-wesley-matthews/

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/18/2010 11:47 PM
  81. Vinnie: A great article on Wesley Matthews, I hope Kassandra reads it. The articles defensive team they picked was the same as mine a few weeks back. I had BRoy as the 1 and Batman the 2 and Matthews the 3. Somebody asked me, I think Kassandra, why you would put Matthews at the 3 instead of Batum since Batum was much taller and the 3 was Batman’s natural position? Of course my reasoning was because Batman was playing the 2 in the Worlds. I was going to change my 2 and my 3 because it really doesn't matter as long as they were on the court together. But, then somebody on BE pointed out to me that Matthews was much stronger and had more bulk then Batman so that might be the way to leave it. What do you think?

    On your hate article, I forgot Malone and Stockton, but in all my years at watching, I can’t hate everybody that constantly gives us a trashing. But like you I do look for a grudge match from last year. I actually liked Stockton, he was a tough man to put up with, but Malone was in the class of KG is now, Elbowing, whacking the arms of players he defended and not getting called for it, (opposite of Greg), but he could shoot the ball. I don’t actually hate Utah as a team, I think Salon is a great coach, but I do hate playing there because it is as rough a place to play as The Rose Garden.


    by Hg on 9/19/2010 2:48 AM
  82. Cmon Sudeverine,Isn't there some team ya hate?Tell the Vinster.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/19/2010 7:00 AM
  83. The Cambymancan...........http://www.blazersedge.com/2010/9/18/1696616/marcus-camby-takes-spain

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/19/2010 7:25 AM
  84. hg..did you forget about those spankings they gave us last year?
    On Batum vs Matthews.....I think as well that who plays what position is not important.It is a great dilemna to have if you are sarge.It's like having a bowl of ice cream with 8 toppings.they are all good,just different.I think how we use the two is dependent on who we are facing .Mathews is stronger(Carmelo,Kobe,)Batum is quicker and longer(KD,Point guards,quick 2 guards)

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/19/2010 7:34 AM
  85. I am concerned about the back-up point guard position. I'm really rooting for Armon Johnson to take that spot over. I just cannot get excited about Jerrod Bayless, I can't get the image out of my head of Bayless driving to the hoop against the Suns and getting his shot slapped to the north pole.

    by Zman66 on 9/19/2010 7:47 AM
  86. Hg: yes, i read the Wesley Matthews article. truthfully, it didn't tell me anything i didn't already know nor have been saying about him. i understand that a lof of people here have some very high expectations of him, and given his salary, they probably should. one quote from the article sticks out to me:

    "He’s one of the few guys on this team you can’t really put a finger on yet. What kind of expectations can you put on a guy in his second year in the league and first year with a different team?"

    i'm a very much see-it-to-believe it type of girl. as i've said time and time again on MB's blog, i hope Wesley is everything this team and it's fans want him to be. if and when that happens, i will be happy. however, i simply choose not to assume he'll be that prior to seeing it. i have absolutely nothing against Wesley, and i hope my skepticism is erased by his play on the court.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/19/2010 9:19 AM
  87. teams i love to hate ... isn't there enough loathing of the lakers to cover them all?

    well, beyond the lakers, i'd have to say it's probably utah or denver. they've both been nemesis of the blazers for several years. it's not a deep feeling or anything, but i'm also not a big fan of philadelphia. i can't seem to pinpoint a reason for this; they just seem to rub me the wrong way.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/19/2010 9:34 AM
  88. EA,
    Too true about the '92 Drexler being far superior to the '10 Roy. Big difference--The Glyde had been in the NBA for 9 years at that point. What will Roy look like as a 9 year veteran?

    Travis,
    I know you don't need anybody to agree with you, but I'll throw my lot in with you any day of the week! I'd be fine with Oden only coming on the court to dance it out with the Blazer Girls if it meant having him healthy for the playoffs.

    Vin Rouge,
    Most hated match-up? Boston--hands down. KG epitomizes the thugged-out style that I loathe. Also, I was at the RG last time they stomped us and it wasn't pretty. If memory serves that was Camby's first game in the black & scarlet, and we did a poor job of welcoming him to the team.

    More than teams, it's individuals that I have grudges against. So I'll give you the starting lineup of my discontent...

    1. Chauncy Billups.
    I don't know why, but I just don't like the cut of his jib.

    2. Kobe "Sucks" Bryant, henceforth referred to as KSB.
    Kobe is LA--the city, the team, everything--and LA is broken, hollow, and beyond redemption. Between LA and NY, they symbolize America to the rest of the world, and that is sad. Seriously, Hollywood and Wall Street? Ouch. Kobe is the bright and shining star of the NBA, and for that I despise the man. Oh, and his GRR! face is ridiculous.

    3. Carsmello Anthony
    Cocky whiner-baby. 'Nuff said.

    4. Kevin Garnett
    Thug.

    5. Anderson Varajao
    Even his hair flops.

    by 500Dogs on 9/19/2010 11:17 AM
  89. I like how for someone that was a "maybe" for late playoffs is still not ready to play some 5-on-5? Either something else happened that was not reported or Greg and the Blazers lied about the seriousness of the injury. How do you go from a maybe in late playoffs to not ready for action 5+ months later? I sense a conspiracy here? Also didn't Joel have a much more serious injury and than re-injured himself in the shower and he seems more along than Greg. I wish we could actually get some real news and not this run around we have been getting all summer.

    by boosted96teg on 9/19/2010 2:32 PM
  90. Boosted,

    I know, right?!? Why haven't our CenterBots repaired at the same rate? Send the faulty one back to the plant for an overhaul! If it's not the model, then it must be the mechanics! Fire them all and outsource the work to Indonesia. Heck, maybe it wasn't them and the mutual fund in CenterIntelCo bottomed out? Fine, sell it all and cut our loses. Oh shoot, it could be that the center's union is holding them back for more benefits... Ditch the union and try to drum up some scabs! Alright, now...wait a minute...I'm all alone in this big, scary office.

    Just kidding around, but really, these guys have different bodies and are recovering at different rates. It shouldn't come as a surprise that we don't know the whole story--that's private. Personally, I don't care how many bowel movements a day our players have, I just want to see them on the court. Whatever they need to do to get there is between them and the trainers. They don't need the ebb and flow of fan opinion weighing on them during this painful process. It may be entertainment to us, but this is their lives here. I sure wouldn't want a camera up my butt if I were in their (giant) shoes.

    by 500Dogs on 9/19/2010 5:57 PM
  91. Cincuento Perros...KGthe whole barking like a dog thing.....classless at best.Kobe,well,don't even get me started about his inproprieties.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/19/2010 7:54 PM
  92. Lol at 500 dogs' last comment...that was really, really amusing. And a great point.

    Btw, when I posted what I posted about the Glide, it was a perspective check for myself. Obviously, I think Brandon CAN and WILL get there. Thing is, I was thinking he ALREADY was! Watching that game reminded me that he is not....quite....there....yet. In another 4 years? I FULLY EXPECT him to be "far superior" to Drexler :)

    Anybody tracking the team expectations on Hoopsworld? The Blazer one posts tomorrow. OKC posted today. Interesting read.

    by EowynAmarie on 9/19/2010 7:55 PM
  93. d-vin,

    my most hated list (aside from the l.a. snakers) is probably along the lines of most others.

    denver- k-mart and smelo, with one being in decline and the other likely leaving will take the air out of this one.

    boston- the howling douche being in decline, again takes the wind out of this one. old fat (by nba standards) shaq isn't worth hating.

    utah- they'll be harder to hate as much with boozer off the current roster. joel getting in his face a while back was bad-ass. they may be in decline to.

    in the future, chicago will be the subject of some ire, since they should get out of the "sucks to much to hate/have as rivals" category, and will add bozo, i mean boozer.

    n.y. will be very hatable with the addition of amare and likely future addition of smelo.

    the kings might get there with tyreke & demarcus if they start winning and go the "way of the jerk" by nba standards.

    miami could get there, but if riley, wade & bosh can temper lebron's narcissism, they could become something interesting.

    espn post their future power rankings. i've posted my future hate rankings, but only cause asked to.

    by reverse on 9/19/2010 9:11 PM
  94. Here we go!

    by civilhold on 9/19/2010 10:23 PM
  95. Kassandra:

    Technically I feel almost like you do, but (there is always a but or butt), Wesley is like getting a brand new car; it looks good on paper, but you haven’t had the chance to really get out and test it. You have just gone over the main points and it looks fine, but you don’t know for sure what it individual characteristics are going to be. Nevertheless it is a brand new car and you just can’t help being excited about it

    Maybe it is also like you going to college, there is a lot of the little things that are a mystery, but it is still exciting and new. After a while you may find it to be a drag, I doubt that, because it is exciting to learn, but nevertheless going to college has it down side too. Long short the same as Wesley, I just can’t help getting excited about him.

    500dogs

    Just to funny, I needed that good laugh.

    All us haters:

    Has everybody shunned our past neighbors or what, OKC is definitely on the rise and has been hated by most Blazer fans for years. I know there are many converted Sonic fans and I know there is a feeling of disappointment that they had to leave, but a Sonic by any other name is still a Sonic. Besides, I hate the Greg, Kevin debate and there smug attitude of we might have chosen second but we got the best. Ha, only in there opinion.

    by Hg on 9/20/2010 3:18 AM
  96. that's more like it,let it out ,my brothas and sistahs.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/20/2010 6:23 AM
  97. Boosted,

    I know, right?!? Why haven't our CenterBots repaired at the same rate? Send the faulty one back to the plant for an overhaul! If it's not the model, then it must be the mechanics! Fire them all and outsource the work to Indonesia. Heck, maybe it wasn't them and the mutual fund in CenterIntelCo bottomed out? Fine, sell it all and cut our loses. Oh shoot, it could be that the center's union is holding them back for more benefits... Ditch the union and try to drum up some scabs! Alright, now...wait a minute...I'm all alone in this big, scary office.

    Just kidding around, but really, these guys have different bodies and are recovering at different rates. It shouldn't come as a surprise that we don't know the whole story--that's private. Personally, I don't care how many bowel movements a day our players have, I just want to see them on the court. Whatever they need to do to get there is between them and the trainers. They don't need the ebb and flow of fan opinion weighing on them during this painful process. It may be entertainment to us, but this is their lives here. I sure wouldn't want a camera up my butt if I were in their (giant) shoes.

    by 500Dogs on 9/20/2010 6:33 AM
  98. We got a few peops on the list.
    http://www.nba.com/2010/news/features/john_schuhmann/09/16/rookie-survey/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/20/2010 6:36 AM
  99. I don't hate any team specifically. I find some boring to watch, like the Spurs, but feel no ill will for the vast majority. I am a little more unusual than the average Blazer fan, in that I genuinely like most of our division rivals and have at least 9-10 teams that I consistently root for. On my list would only be the recently de-throned "King", Sir James himself. But since I really like D-Wade and Haslem, and especially Juwan Howard (!), I can't even HATE the Heat.

    by EowynAmarie on 9/20/2010 6:42 AM
  100. Cool,I love it when they combine my two favorite sports.
    http://tinyurl.com/2bn5l7p

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/20/2010 7:04 AM
  101. Boosted,

    I know, right?!? Why haven't our CenterBots repaired at the same rate? Send the faulty one back to the plant for an overhaul! If it's not the model, then it must be the mechanics! Fire them all and outsource the work to Indonesia. Heck, maybe it wasn't them and the mutual fund in CenterIntelCo bottomed out? Fine, sell it all and cut our loses. Oh shoot, it could be that the center's union is holding them back for more benefits... Ditch the union and try to drum up some scabs! Alright, now...wait a minute...I'm all alone in this big, scary office.

    Just kidding around, but really, these guys have different bodies and are recovering at different rates. It shouldn't come as a surprise that we don't know the whole story--that's private. Personally, I don't care how many bowel movements a day our players have, I just want to see them on the court. Whatever they need to do to get there is between them and the trainers. They don't need the ebb and flow of fan opinion weighing on them during this painful process. It may be entertainment to us, but this is their lives here. I sure wouldn't want a camera up my butt if I were in their (giant) shoes.

    by 500Dogs on 9/20/2010 12:09 PM
  102. Darb,
    I know my comment to Boosted was pretty funny, but um...I don't remember hitting "submit" that many times!

    Whatever, you guys are working out the kinks; I'll try to be patient.

    by 500Dogs on 9/20/2010 12:12 PM
  103. you know, i'm thinking about this opposing team thing, and other than the lakers, i can't think of a team i really hate. there are some teams out there, like denver and utah, that i find annoying because at times they seem to have our number. of course, that's only a respect for those particular teams rather than a hate or even a dislike. i know there was a rivalry between portland and seattle (before the sonics became the thunder). that seems to be to have cooled since they moved to oklahoma city and the geographical significance no longer exists.

    on the healing quesiton ... i think that maybe it was known that Greg would not be back for the later rounds of the playoffs. it seems as though a false rumor was out there. this was probably compounded by Brandon's situation at the end of the season and beginning of the playoffs. i presume Greg is following his doctor and physical therapist's instructions as far as his rehabilitation is concerned. i don't see a huge cause for alarm regarding his timeline (or non-timeline, whichever is accurate). Joel is going to take twice as originally predicted because of the two injuries. i'm not too concerned about his timeline either, though i am optimistic he will be ready or opening night, given what MB wrote about him running sprints.

    OT: first day of classes over, and i'm feeling good about things so far. adjusting is always hard, but it's going well.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/20/2010 1:47 PM
  104. Hg: i wouldn't equate Wesley's signing to the beginning of college or a new car. i think that's more apples and oranges than any kind of direct comparison. i don't know what to say more about this issue. he does seem to have a good attitude (for now). i'm just unwilling to be optimistic -- or pessimistic -- about Wesley until i see him play. there's really all there is to it as far as i'm concerned.

    i suppose if i were to try to extend your college metaphor, i'd say that things are becoming much clearer and the little mysteries are being solved day by day (i.e. getting tickets and attending our game against wake forest on saturday night; starting classes today). the problem is, i haven't seen Wesley play for us in a game yet. when i see that, then some of those mysteries around him will be solved as well, for better or for worse.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/20/2010 1:57 PM
  105. Do you mean to tell me that no one has any game pictures .I find that quite hard to believe.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/20/2010 3:04 PM
  106. "The Enforcer" gets some respect as he well should.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/TrueHoop/post/_/id/19956/respect-maurice-lucas

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/20/2010 3:11 PM
  107. i apologize for this link,but if you appreciate it,please say so,because this was sort of a guilty pleasure of a personal nature.But i still thought it was cool,anyways.so here it is.and it is basketball related.
    http://tinyurl.com/295djlp
    I Tiny URL ed it so you couldn't peek.HEEEE HEE

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/20/2010 3:35 PM
  108. Why did a comment I made show up again 21 hrs later?

    Very odd.

    by mgb on 9/20/2010 4:01 PM
  109. Why did a comment I made show up again 21 hrs later?

    Very odd.

    by mgb on 9/20/2010 5:46 PM
  110. Kassandra:

    I guess we will wait and see then I hope I can say I told you so.

    by Hg on 9/20/2010 6:56 PM
  111. some interesting bits in this one from david aldridge:

    http://www.nba.com/2010/news/features/david_aldridge/09/20/morning-tip/index.html

    the yao plan is being based on the igauskas plan.

    more evidence that says greg should wear the olajuwon/ewing style kneepads.

    the tenth point about pryzbilla is wrong on a couple points. it says he fractured his kneecap twice, and that the blazers should be in the running to get dampier. wrong and wrong.

    by reverse on 9/20/2010 7:46 PM
  112. Now that's funny! I leave a msg about duplicate msgs and then it shows up two more times right in a row!

    I've also have problems with this site being slow or not even coming at all. Anyone else having this type of problem? Keep getting a retry and have to go back to the main page to get back here.

    Vinnie, liked the article on Wes. I look forward to seeing him play and think he was a great pickup.

    Btw, Vinnie, should be getting my season tickets soon! :)

    by mgb on 9/20/2010 7:46 PM
  113. Hey, does anyone see where it says 'add to huddle'? I can't find it.

    by mgb on 9/20/2010 7:49 PM
  114. Travisd:

    This is not an agreement or disagreement, this is just an update on my mindset after reading your last link by Aldridge.

    I can see now, the longer we can go without Greg or Joel the stronger their knees will be. Also most Dr. agrees that it takes about a year for the injury to heal which would be December anyway. So, your idea sounds more practical then mine.

    It sounds like Greg is not going to participate in any pre-season games and it seems as though he will be coming off the bench with reduced minutes when the season starts.

    After reading that article, I can now see where in the long run that would be better, not only for the play-offs, but for longevity of playing time.

    by Hg on 9/21/2010 6:40 AM
  115. Hey there,kids JBAY stuff,good comments,too.
    http://www.blazersedge.com/2010/9/20/1701112/2011-expectations-jerryd-bayless?login=1285080899

    So who will be the backup PG this year?JBay The Armonizer,EDub.As you well know,I am big on the Armonizers defense. He is in your jersey.He is smart and doesn't make mistakes on offense. JBay is a little foul prone and prone to mistakes on D.
    IMO,I just think The Armonizer is more of a Nate player.
    Whadya think?

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/21/2010 6:58 AM
  116. hg............I am pleased that we are in a position to be able to bring GO back slow as well as The Thrilla.Camby will prove to be a great insurance policy now and a stellar backup later when our other two bigs get healthy.I think the front office is being smart considering GO's unfortunate history.I like it.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/21/2010 7:04 AM
  117. MGB...i'm psyched

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/21/2010 7:05 AM
  118. 42nd best.Better or worse.
    http://www.blazersedge.com/2010/9/20/1701112/2011-expectations-jerryd-bayless?login=1285080899

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/21/2010 7:18 AM
  119. Wanna know what Steve Nash eats?
    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=91414362951
    Maybe that is what keeps him so young.

    MB,hope you are enjoying Disneyland.

    Spent some time with my grandson recently at the fair.How could it get so simple, huh?

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/21/2010 7:23 AM
  120. Vinndicator,
    My face doesn't have a book. Wanna translate for me? What does the Nasher eat?

    by 500Dogs on 9/21/2010 8:03 AM
  121. Vinnie:
    I know you are stroked on ArmonHammer as I am, but we have to be patient. My question is are you ready for him to take over for Dre? I think Dre has four or five years left in him if the PTB decides to keep him. I don't think ArmonHammer will need that long. Will Elliot back up BRoy this year? Will Matthews back up Batum? Where will Babbitt fit in? Also, Dante is in the mix, and It was said last night on Court Side that Jeff doing pre season will be getting lots of action backing up Camby at center.

    Jeff was the host and said that Mathews and Williams can shoot from the outside, drive to the rim and both can make baskets and Matthews plays great D. There is so many questions. But as I told you on BE, in my opinion ArmonHammer will not take JBay’s place this year, but IMO only no rumors intended, I think JBay will be traded after this year. Or, Merlin says that a trade will be made this year before the season starts for a player of the future. We are assuming it will be Rudy, but it very easily could be JBay and Rudy. What do you think? If BRoy is going to be playing some PG, we can use Matthews or and Elliot at the two. Again to many questions.


    by Hg on 9/21/2010 8:18 AM
  122. i like the new blog system. I picked out all the games im going to this year. looking like a good season to have some fun in the garden. it won't be long and im going to have to move there during the season.

    by Miller on 9/21/2010 8:33 AM
  123. Are you guys ready for some basketball!! I'm amp and can't wait!!

    Speaking of us being in good position to let Oden get healthy and not play for a while. No one mention it, but LA putting on 20 pounds of muscle can only help when he plays center which he has had to in the past.

    GO BLAZERS!!!

    by mgb on 9/21/2010 11:44 AM
  124. Ok, I found where to 'add to huddle' it's on Barrett's main page.

    by mgb on 9/21/2010 11:59 AM
  125. mgb: i absolutely am ready for the season to start! playing the waiting game right now is excruciating. alas, i guess i'll just have to spend my time studying!

    Hg: you shouldn't look at it as a rub-it-in-your-face type of thing if Wesley does well. i don't know how many times i've told you that i hope he plays great. i don't know how many more times i'm going to have to tell you that. pardon me if i don't regard him since the greatest thing since sliced bread without seeing him play a single minute in a blazers uniform. i wish there was a way i could convey that to you more clearly.

    Vinnie (pt). 1: if the Armonizer (still the only nickname i use regarding blazer players) comes along, learns the system, and proves he's the right man for the job, all the power to him. i see great value in finding a long-term player at pg (any position for that matter); even more so if we were the ones to draft such a player. much like with Wesley, i will wait and see how he does in the minutes he gets this year before making that determination for myself. of course, i do look forward to any time he and Luke, his college teammate get to take the floor together.

    Vinnie (pt. 2): that was an interesting piece on Nash's diet. it actually sounds similar to my own.

    miller: are you millertime, or another miller? are you Andre Miller? that would be kind of cool. good to see you have your tickets picked out!

    MB: any update on Rudy's status?

    GO BLAZERS!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/21/2010 12:19 PM
  126. Penderbender was smooth as glass last night on Courtside.The off court PenderBender and the on court Penderbender are two different beasts,literally.One is a beast the other is not.He has a great personality for that venue.I hope we see him more in that capacity.It was fun to get an insiders perspective.

    Couldn't resist a shot at the Wild One via Email.He is just so inviting:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/21/2010 4:49 PM
  127. hg...with the exception of GO,there are actually more ANSWERS than QUESTIONS.Our only dilemna right now is finding playing time for a lot of quality players.

    MGB,Oh yeah baby ,I am superpsyched ,to say the least.

    I appreciate that you are using THE Armonizer as your nick .
    I hope he proves to be everything I'm hopin for him.certainly has the SKILLZZ on defense fo sho.
    I wish I could eat as well as Lebrona and Steve,)that's why you two are Superstars:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/21/2010 4:58 PM
  128. 5 hunent mutts...........Nash eats a lot of fish chicken and loads of RAW FOOD.
    Firstly ,his wife urged him to see a naturopath .he discovered allergies to wheat,gluten,tomatoes and onions.So, he drinks almond milk with his almond cereal.salad for lunch raw nuts dried fruits.Chicken or fish for dinner brown rice vegies.Pretty simple,but it works and it helps to know if you have food allergies. Because a lot of people do and finding them out can actually help with other allergies, oddly enough.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/21/2010 6:45 PM
  129. Vinnie: i only eat like this to keep up my girlish figure. i figure a half dozen years or so, i'll find the right guy and get married. at that point, i'll be able to let myself go! j/k! actually it comes from the influence of an army mom.

    all: don't know if anyone watches this show, but the season premiere of 'ncis' was incredible!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/21/2010 8:12 PM
  130. Kassandra,

    I read this:

    """
    "I think that if Portland with my rights is that trust me and I am eager to begin preseason with them and be able to demonstrate that I have a site on this computer to have minutes." Most importantly, that she grows as a player and as a person. "I am a basketball player and this worldwide cannot say it," said.
    """"

    Translated from here:

    http://www.marca.com/2010/09/21/baloncesto/nba/1285071858.html

    Now at Ripcity2.com someone has it translated as:

    Rudy Fernandez: "I think if Portland keeps my rights, that means they believe in me. I'm excited to begin the season with them and prove that I have my place on the team and play minutes. The most important thing is to grow as a player and as a person. I'm an NBA player and there's not many people who can say that."

    If that is right I think he's trying to spin it as since Portland wants me so bad he's happy to play for them. But who knows. Do you speak spanish?

    Anyway, thought I'd throw that out there. :)

    by mgb on 9/21/2010 10:53 PM
  131. Kassandra:

    I really wasn't trying to rub things in your face; I know you hope he does well. I said technically I feel about the same as you only that I am always optimistic as I am with my argument about Steve. But mostly I was just giving you a bad time and I apologize if I offended you.

    MGB:

    I read that article on Rudy, I think it means that he woke up and smelled the roses, maybe the roses in Portland. If Portland can't find anybody that wants him bad enough to pay for him then he would more then happy to come back and draw his paycheck until his contract is over. Nobody in their right mind would sit out with no paycheck or a chance to play for two years.

    It appears to me that he is coming back with his tail between his legs in defeat. He tried to bluff the Blazers and the Blazers called his bluff and more or less said the next move is yours, because Paul Allen was quoted to say that Rudy could rot on the bench before he would give him away.

    Do you think when he comes back will he give it all when he gets on the court or will he dog it like he did in the play-offs? Do you think the Blazer fans could forgive him and not boo him off the court? There is an article at Blazers Edge on what are your expectations of Rudy. If he came back and give it his all I would forgive him but not trust him. All shooters have bad streaks and I wouldn't know if he was going though a funk or if he was dogging it again just so he could draw a paycheck.

    by Hg on 9/22/2010 3:51 AM
  132. mgb: Neat trick having the same blog keep showing up every 24. Lets us know your still there

    by Ancientone on 9/22/2010 4:21 AM
  133. now here's some straight up truth.
    http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/09/21/the-works-andrew-bogut-and-we/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter

    third story down.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/22/2010 6:43 AM
  134. MGB: i certainly think he's trying to spin it now that it looks very possible that he won't be traded or otherwise moved before training camp or the season starts.

    on the one hand, i think his approach was that if he came out early this summer requesting ot be moved, then it would happen. the fact that it hasn't at the start of training camp shows me he's trying to do some damage control.

    while Rudy has made some seemingly negative statements over the summer in regards to where he might be playing or want to be playing, i think a lot of this controversy falls on the shoulders of his agent, who is a complete douchebag in my eyes. Rudy may have lit a small flame, but there's no doubt in my mind that his agent throw many gallons of fuel on to it.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/22/2010 6:54 AM
  135. Anybody got a backup PF we could trade Rudy for ? Even if we kept him,we got no room at the inn,so to speak.And if EDub is what we think he is,Rudy will be picking splinters out from ridin the pine:)I'd rather have Patty than Rudy as well,he can do way more things than Rudy.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/22/2010 6:55 AM
  136. Aw, Kass,you are every american's dream , a beautiful young bride soon to be married,only to balloon out to a healthy 250 or so.Man, get in line,dudes.
    BTW,are you related to my ex wife:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/22/2010 7:02 AM
  137. ancientone....hows the rehab?

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/22/2010 7:04 AM
  138. Vinnie: great article about he being first in line to stop the lakers this year! it's about time i read something like that. then again, maybe it's better to be underestimated than targeted.

    i particularly loved this line about Nicolas: "Nicolas Batum is the survivor of the great small forward purge of 2010 (lasting longer than Travis Outlaw and Martell Webster), and the Frenchman is a lovely piece for this team."

    he is quite lovely, isn't he?!

    ~ Kassnadra

    by Kassandra on 9/22/2010 8:52 AM
  139. The Blazers will enjoy having the two Nevada boys on the team. Babbitt, and Armon. Trust me, these guys are legit, and Babbitt has the smoothest 3 point stroke you will ever see. He makes 3's five feet behind the arc look like free-throws, and Armon can drive, dribble, and D them up. I'm excited that they ended up on the same NBA team and stayed close to home so I can see some games, you guys will enjoy these 2 being on the team over the years, they are both great players and great additions to an already great team, I'm excited for the upcoming season

    by stodski on 9/22/2010 10:02 AM
  140. Vinnie: all right, let's get something straight ... i'm not getting married anytime soon! there is no timetable or goal age for me. and another thing, i like my diet and the things i eat, so i will not 'balloon out' to anything! in fact, i don't plan on gaining baby weight, because i'm planning on having no kids, so there! grrrr. oh, and lastly, i am not related to your ex-wife ... but for some reason i can't help but think she and i might get along! :P

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/22/2010 12:57 PM
  141. No, I won't forgive Rudy, no matter how he plays. honestly, I don't think he has enough maturity to play well with what will likely be even FEWER minutes. I don't think we've seen the last of Rudy the Diva.

    I am on pins and needles waiting to see this team on the COURT! I am so desperate, I plan on dragging all my kids with me to the RG for the Fan Fest! And I am secretly wishing I don't get the funding for my trip to Ottawa, so I can go to my first game of the (pre)season...I know I am in the minority, but I am already sick of football, and can't wait for the NBA to start back up again!!! Jeez, I just have this great feeling that this year is going to be OFF THE HINGES!!

    Vinnie....I am 37 years old, have had 3 kids, and look pretty decent to be honest. No "ballooning" here :) I gained some weight after I quit smoking a few years back, but have recently dropped it through a diet of moderation and lots of exercise. Please, I know a lot of females decide to let themselves go after marriage, as do men, but lets not generalize, k? There are plenty of us out there that are supremely interested in continuing to turn heads when we walk by...I see them everyday at the gym :)

    by EowynAmarie on 9/22/2010 1:47 PM
  142. Hi EA.........hey I definitely wasn't generalizing .I am speaking from personal experience.My ex Wife to be exact.I am still in good shape for 52 mainly because I do physical work,so I wouldn't fall in that category,It was mainly directed as a joke to Kass.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/22/2010 4:23 PM
  143. Just heard that we are not invitin Patty to Camp.That's too bad.I wish him the best.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/22/2010 4:38 PM
  144. Here's the goods on training camp from Joe Freeman.
    http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindblazersbeat/2010/09/trail_blazers_to_invite_four_p.html

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/22/2010 4:42 PM
  145. http://ripcityproject.com/2010/09/22/a-minute-for-seth-tarver/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Slow news day ,but this is cool.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/22/2010 5:24 PM
  146. OK.aren't there 15 guaranteed contracts? So these invitees are just auditioning for D league,right?

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/22/2010 5:31 PM
  147. Kassandra....I love it when you try to go Lebronita on me ,it's funny.And please,please don't ever say that you would get along with my ex,you could NEVER be THAT evil:)
    She makes Ted Bundy look like Mr Rodgers.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/22/2010 5:39 PM
  148. EowynAmarie: nice you can take some time to talk to us again! i should say that the woman letting herself go comment basically was some fun banter between Vinnie and i. like you, we are both itching for the season to start. i think in the meantime, we're spouting off about anything and everything and perhaps to some it can come off differently than we intend. sorries for that.

    when are you going to ottawa? i've only been to Vancouver, B.C., but Ottawa is definitely one of the canadian cities i'd like to visit.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/22/2010 6:51 PM
  149. Vincent: i was not really going LaBrona (or LaBronita, if you prefer) on you; i was playfully making my point. i doubt i'd go to any of those extremes on you. glad to hear you keep in shape, but by all accounts, i don't consider you old. i don't consider my parents old and their in the same generation as you. oh, and i really don't think i'd get along with your ex-wife!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/22/2010 7:14 PM
  150. Kassandra: Yeah, don't think I will have too much success staying away altogether :) The major work starts in October anyway. I am heading to Ottawa Oct. 14-17, for the Association of Ethnohistory annual conference. I have only ever been to B.C. as well, so I am excited! I found out today that I got my funding. Still hoping to get another $250, but my airfare and registration are covered at this point, and maybe some food! I have NEVER been away from my husband or kids, in 16 years, so this is going to be interesting. And someone gets to go to my Golden State game :(

    I knew you all were joking. I suppose I was just noting that despite the meaning, it could be something one might take exception to. I didn't, but am acutely aware of the variety of reactions people can have to what are likley innocuous and even playful comments :)

    Btw, just watched Game 2 of the 1992 WCF between the Blazers and the Jazz. Again, I was struck by how good that squad was, and especially Drexler. This time though, as I watched (again, since I watched it then, too - serious heartbreak year) Terry Porter score 30+ points, I was acutely aware of the fact that we DO NOT have a guy that can score like that for us currenlty, meaning a scoring compliment to Roy.

    by EowynAmarie on 9/22/2010 8:46 PM
  151. this bit over at BE gave me pause:

    "Every single year of his life since seventh grade, he was either injured or interrupted significantly by an injury," the exec said. "His presence is a total wild card."

    Why the lingering issues? One rival GM points to Oden's physical growth. "His issue is that he's so heavy," he said. "He's up 60 pounds from his playing weight in college, and our vets say he's the strongest center they've ever faced. The weight is a huge factor for him."

    of most note for myself was that the "vets" that say greg's the strongest center they've ever played against have certainly also played against shaq. knowing that + the fact that greg is down around 270 + knowing that the cautious approach is going to be taken = me being happy. when the playoffs come, oden being healthy = the blazers having the power advantage.

    ea,

    my hope is that the 30+ scorers you hope for have already been revealed to us, LaMarcus Aldridge, & Andre Miller. In portland's two wins in last year's playoffs, 'dre had 31 and LA 31 and 11 boards. with LA adding muscle, there will be more of those dominating performances. if andre can, as d-vin (i think) suggested, show elliot that statue of liberty dunk, we won't be lacking much scoring punch. did anyone ask andre if he requires the thin air in denver to go air-miller?

    all,

    for those that want to read-up on seth tarver:

    http://ripcityproject.com/2010/09/22/a-minute-for-seth-tarver/

    another random thought. can i request that oden come off the bench when we face l.a.? when bynum is subbed out for the first time, put greg in, and let him punish gasol. for that matter, i can't wait to see the '10-'11 version of aldridge give pau a run for his money.

    for comparisons sake, gasol and LA look pretty even in years 2-4 of their careers. year 5 is where pau averages above 20pts for the first time, and he didn't average over 10rebs until last year. what's the point? i think that aldridge can be as good. for all the doubters, watch out! the L-train is coming.

    by reverse on 9/22/2010 9:37 PM
  152. truth,lies speculation?You be the judge.
    http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2010-09-16/rudy-fernandezs-agency-denies-barcelona-signing-report

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/23/2010 6:49 AM
  153. How much will we see Luke Babbit? Will we see him at the 4 which he played in Nevada?

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/23/2010 6:54 AM
  154. Labby......I am glad you are not gettin married,having kids,or ballooning out. You keep rockin your own brand of music,My sistah from another Mistah.You are three for three on good desions.If you could shoot the rock ,you could be a point guard.Besides any true fan has to be able to burn the twine ya know.(Feet square, elbow up ,the hold the dead bird at the finish), you'll be lightin it up.

    BTW.......... NCIS ROCKS.I thought Gibb's dad was gonna get blasted.Favorite character-Abby.YOU? Dinnozo? Did you know that he was Jessica Alba's love interest in Dark Angel.A series on Fox awhile back actually directed by James Cameron0(Titanic).As a woman,you would appreciate her character.Search it out,It's way cool and futuristic.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/23/2010 7:09 AM
  155. Miller is millertime. the program said millertime already exited so i just shorted it to miller. Im not really sure, im not a computer guy i don't even have my space or facebook. anyway...go blazers!!

    by Miller on 9/23/2010 9:17 AM
  156. pre pre-season playing rotation

    the starters
    andre
    brandon
    nic
    lamarcus
    marcus

    the bench
    jerryd
    wesley
    dante
    jeff

    spot minutes
    armon
    elliot
    luke

    the rehabbing

    joel
    greg

    this run down has me asking the question, how comfortable are people with seeing lamarcus take minutes at the 5 to start the season? when marcus subs out, are we seeing dante or jeff come in at that point? when dante comes in, lamarcus is definitely the 5. when jeff comes in, he'd be the 4. is there enough size, defense and rebounding there with those combinations? when marcus comes back in, how does he fit with dante and jeff?

    above somewhere, d-vin asks if there is a back-up pf available in exchange for rudy. if memory serves, taj gibson was the list after boiling down rudy's wish list, and the number of teams on that list that had decent PFs that were still on lower end rookie contracts.

    if you were the blazers would you even consider waiving rudy so that someone like jarron collins could be signed? OR, would you trade rudy and jerryd for the likes of ronny turiaf? or perhaps rudy and dante for brandon bass? these trades aren't necessarily available, and if you're tired of these questions, feel free to ignore them. they've been gone over before on the barrett blog's previous home over at eblogger.

    are people happy with the roster going in to training camp knowing that joel might not get back for a couple of months, and greg might not start at the beginning of the season? if i were the gm, i'd be looking for that last big body to fill out the roster (stupid juwan, why'd you have to mess things up?!?!). what do you think?

    by reverse on 9/23/2010 10:18 AM
  157. Vinnie: Thanks, the knee is doing great. Just had a motorcycle accident, car turned lt in front of me and I had to lay the Harley down to avoid a headon, I got knocked out (cincussion) so now I've got a headache and total body soreness but fine.

    by Ancientone on 9/23/2010 10:56 AM
  158. travisd:

    who do you have for the fifty person on your 2nd unit/

    by Hg on 9/23/2010 11:44 AM
  159. ancientone ,wth,...Fortunately I don't scold anyone over 25,but damn,bro,what were you thinking.Oh wait,,Type A personality ,can;t stay down.good luck with the dome.Careful or you'll end up like Phi Slamma:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/23/2010 1:15 PM
  160. this explains why we didn't sign Patty yet.
    http://ripcityproject.com/2010/09/23/a-few-words-on-patty-mills-current-status/

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/23/2010 1:25 PM
  161. miller: i thought that was you! again, glad to see you on this side of the blog fence!

    Vinne: 'Labby?' how about we stick with LeBrona, eh? i like all the characters as well. yes, DiNozzo is cute, but i love Abby's quirkiness. i think the writing is exceptional. also, from the other night, i yelled out in affirmative when Jackson pulled his winchester on Paloma! totally rocked!

    all: from my own thoughts of the lineups, i don't think there's much difference in mine and travisd's lineups, with a couple of suggestions:

    1. i'm not trying to rush either of them, but i get the feeling that either Joel or Greg will be ready by opening night. i know what all the 'experts' are saying, but i just get a gut feeling about that (Vinnie, this is similar to Gibbs' gut feeling!).

    2. at this point we have to presume that Rudy will not be traded and put him in one of the above categories, probably either bench or spot minutes. i know we're pretty much all hoping he gets dealt away, but the reality is that he may not. i see him starting out as one of the bench players in a 10-man rotation. this, of course, means he or Wesley become the primary backup to Nicolas, while the other backs up Brandon (with Jerryd behind Andre) Jeff becomes, on paper, the second string center; while Dante spells LaMarcus at pf. that makes the second unit small, but quick, and alinged with some good shooters while Jeff bangs the middle.

    of course, all this changes when Joel and/or Greg come back, but thesse scenarios are a decent start.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/23/2010 3:08 PM
  162. Look how well the World Championship team did without much size. They used speed athleticism and defense all of which should abound on this team.


    by Ancientone on 9/23/2010 3:41 PM
  163. Travis,
    You know I'm a Turiaf fan, and so is BRoy, but I couldn't pull the trigger on a trade involving Bayless until we get a better sense of what we've got in Armon and EWill. The idea of having Miller and a couple rooks running the point isn't too appealing. Maybe by the trade deadline that's a move worth making, but at the moment, I think we're looking at a strait-up Rudy for Whoever/Whatever move. If there's a way we could sneak Turiaf out of NYK for Rudy and some change, I would do it in a heartbeat. Bayless though? Jury's still out.

    I know this ain't about making Rudy happy, but he did want an east coast city with a direct flight to España...so um, I don't know; what about Washington? I know you know what I'm thinking.

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2epbgtt

    LeBrona, do not click that link; it'll only make you mad.

    by 500Dogs on 9/23/2010 5:09 PM
  164. Kass....Labby was kinda like Lebrona and Abby crosssed together ,Helllooooo.I was hoping to not have to explain it to you.Maybe you have blond roots.





    by DowntownVinnie on 9/23/2010 5:13 PM
  165. Travis,
    You know I'm a Turiaf fan, and so is BRoy, but I couldn't pull the trigger on a trade involving Bayless until we get a better sense of what we've got in Armon and EWill. The idea of having Miller and a couple rooks running the point isn't too appealing. Maybe by the trade deadline that's a move worth making, but at the moment, I think we're looking at a strait-up Rudy for Whoever/Whatever move. If there's a way we could sneak Turiaf out of NYK for Rudy and some change, I would do it in a heartbeat. Bayless though? Jury's still out.

    I know this ain't about making Rudy happy, but he did want an east coast city with a direct flight to España...so um, I don't know; what about Washington? I know you know what I'm thinking.

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2epbgtt

    LeBrona, do not click that link; it'll only make you mad.

    by 500Dogs on 9/23/2010 5:24 PM
  166. 500,

    rudy for seraphin?

    Mr. Cho, make the call!

    i'd trade rudy and a 2nd round pick for kevin s.

    rudy and patty for the young french 4/5?

    also, i'd trade the blazers 1st round pick in 2011 under the right circumstance. at this point the roster isn't in need of another late 1st rounder. over-achieving wing players might shake out at that range, but pgs and centers don't seem to be found there often.

    hg,

    my fifty person? do you mean center/5? that is part of the dilemma i think. we all like jeff, but how much time should he be playing center on a regular basis? how do the blazers drag in a serviceable big to start the season and provide insurance in the event that joel takes longer than expected or greg has trouble?

    all,

    i think that something is going to happen soon. rich cho strikes me as the type of guy who is just teasing out the best possible option. we'll see...

    by reverse on 9/23/2010 9:22 PM
  167. TravisD:
    Sorry about the typo, I was on my way to work and my wife way in my ear, so I just hit submit without finishing my post.

    It was said by Pendergraph and Mike, that Pendergraph was at least going to get a lot of minutes through pre-season because Nate wanted to look at him because Greg wasn't going to play in pre-season and wasn't sure when or how much he would play early in the season.

    but in your line-up as the bench you have jerryd, Wesley, Dante and jeff, and I was wondering if you left out the PG or SG or even the SF. JBay could play SG, Wesley can play SF or SG and I am under the impression that Dante could play PF or SF. I like your bench line-up and would add one of the rookies excluding Rudy.

    by Hg on 9/24/2010 12:21 AM
  168. 500dogs;

    At this point, I would trade Rudy for almost any player, but with the question mark on Greg and Joel as far as minutes goes, I would trade Rudy for Seraphin in a flash. I wouldn't care about his wt or his temper.

    by Hg on 9/24/2010 12:28 AM
  169. Travisd:

    On finishing that post, If LMA has put on the wt, has worked on some of his inside moves and posting up, and of course doesn't shy away from contact I would be glad to see him slide over to the 5. The other questions, about Dante and Jeff, I don't know.

    I would trade Rudy an JBay for a big because we need some more bodies with Greg and Joel still on the rehab.

    I have not idea of which one, but Rudy for Seraphin sounds good to me, even with his temper and wt problem, Batum could calm him down.

    I don't have any idea who is available.

    by Hg on 9/24/2010 1:13 AM
  170. New technical foul rules.Good thing Sheed retired:)
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5609817&campaign=rss&source=twitter&ex_cid=Twitter_espn_5609817

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/24/2010 6:25 AM
  171. Travsi....I don't know much about Seraphim.But,you should be his agent:)We do need bigs of any kind, and you can never have too many,whereas right now we are guard heavy.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/24/2010 6:34 AM
  172. 500....couldn't get your link to work.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/24/2010 6:35 AM
  173. you know what happens when you tell someone not to do something (i.e. click a link)? it's the first thing they do.

    i should have known, 500Dogs, that you would once again bring up a proposal to bring your beloved Seraphin to portland. the problem is -- well, let's just call it a lot of problems -- everything i have previously said on the subject.

    the truth is, we could look at a whole lot of trade scenarios, but that doesn't mean they're going to happen. in fact, last night i found this little morsel of a trade: Rudy, Andre and Greg for Dwight Howard -- and the numbers work. not only that, our projected wins increase by eight. now, is that trade going to happen? i would highly doubt it (though it would accomplish a few things).

    so, if we really need a backup forward -- not center -- to begin playing in 2011, then by all means, trade Rudy for Seraphin. of course, in looking at the wizards' roster, it's unlikely Rudy would be happy with another bench job (washington will start John Wall and Gilbert Arenas at guard this year).

    you may faint when you read this, but i think Serephin has more of an upside than Rudy at this point (from what i've seen, he has a very good demeanor and attitude). for the same reason you want Seraphin (the non-personal reason, of course), i think washington would want to keep him.

    so, 1,000Puppies, i don't see such a trade like this happening for several reasons.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/24/2010 6:42 AM
  174. Vinnie: it kind of connected when i read the comment after it was posted. i don't have blonde roots, nor am i goth. i'm intelligent like Abby, but my area is in humanities rather than sciences.

    anyway, what were we talking about again? lol

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/24/2010 6:49 AM
  175. Page O' links.
    http://blog.oregonlive.com/blazers/2010/09/trail_blazers_links_ready_to_r.html

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/24/2010 6:53 AM
  176. Kass........I get pre senior moments,but then I have blond hair too.I am dooooomed:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/24/2010 6:57 AM
  177. Vinnie:
    I think that gives the refs a lot of power.

    by Hg on 9/24/2010 7:02 AM
  178. Vinnie,
    You've probably figured it out by now, but the link was to a Trade Machine success which was a strait-up Rudy for Kevin Seraphin deal. Their salaries matched up pretty well (KS gets $316,440 more), and we were only projected to lose one game. This move would also free Washington up to move Arenas if he makes another mistake, but until then they've got a solid guard rotation of Wall/Hinrich at PG, and Arenas/Rudy at SG. If Rudy's as good as he thinks he is, they could switch him and Arenas.

    The only possible hitch here is that Washington only has 12 players on the roster at the moment, so they might be looking to get another player out of us. If they push, I'd throw in Pendergraph (which also works in the Trade Machine and doesn't effect the win total). Otherwise, this deal makes a lot of sense for both sides. They get a hungry guard to nip the heels of one of their stars and fill a hole in their roster; we get to slough off a malcontent while picking up an exciting prospect. No losers here or there.

    Maybe Nate will have nightmares, since he'd have four rookies to deal with, but he can sleep easy knowing that none of them will get minutes.

    HG,
    Where did you hear about Seraphin's attitude problem? Batum himself said the kid was who he wanted out of the draft.

    by 500Dogs on 9/24/2010 10:38 AM
  179. 500,

    if nic wants him, they should make a play for making the french connection.

    they should sprinkle in another pick and/or team. rudy to NY, wilson chandler to DC, seraphin to portland, portland future 2nd rounder or patty mills to DC?

    all,

    VERY happy to see rule changes against soliciting the refs, or excessive/demonstrative complaining. this has been a subject here in blazerland. b-roy took to complaining simply because the squeaky kobe was seeming to get the grease. no more "working" the refs for calls!

    by reverse on 9/24/2010 11:27 AM
  180. maybe seraphin to portland, rudy and mills to NY, wilson chandler and future portland 2nd rounder to DC? trying to make this more plausible.

    in the next few years, a portland 1st round pick will be in the 20s, and a 2nd round pick will be in the 50s, so giving them up doesn't hurt as much.

    by reverse on 9/24/2010 11:36 AM
  181. I'd be fine if Oden misses a few games at the start of the season if he needs it. I'm assuming Pre-season games aren't televised (again). Is a shame, I'm excited now that in order for me to start my life again (job starts in 1-2 months), all I can do is wait. I'm excited though, it's like a child waiting for Christmas. A whole bunch of awesome things happening at once.

    I heard Denver is getting rid of Melo. There is a 4 way trade in the making. Since there are 4 teams involved, I really think this will go through. Nets will get him. Denver is a threat no more in my opinion.

    I'd also like to talk about OKC. Most fans heavily overrate this team, saying they are better than the Blazers and (seriously) think Durant is better than LeBron. I think this team will miss the playoffs, and that Denver losing Melo is a blessing. Teams overlooked the Thunder, considering them a low tier team, which allowed them to creep up to 50 wins. Now with Durant being the "leader" of the FIBA world cup, Scottie Brookes stealing COTY, and getting all the attention for winning 2 playoff games, teams will only play harder. The weak got stronger, and only about 3 teams have gotten worse (Cleveland, Denver, and Phoenix) yet are still strong teams.

    I expect OKC to miss the playoffs. Lakers, Denver, Portland, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Utah, New Orleans, Phoenix, and even Memphis are all playoff spot contenders. OKC would probably be placed higher than Memphis, but every other team is better than OKC as a team.

    Not trying to hate, just sick of them being overrated.

    by Herr on 9/24/2010 1:30 PM
  182. wow ,Am I psyched.I retweeted RipCITYTIX and followed them on twitter and I won two tickets to WHO ELSe,but MY most hated team=UTAH.Is that freaking ironic or what?So 10-11 ,I'll be rockin the RG.WOOT WOOT.Life is good somedays

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/24/2010 1:47 PM
  183. hg......they need the rule to calm down stuff that all the primadonna stars do.You might remember how Alvin Gentry used the whole whiner thing on us in the playoffs last year and how we got into foul trouble early with a few of our stars.That, is what I hope it cures.The refs will always have the power.They are Satan's Minions.(Satan being David Stern, of course:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/24/2010 2:30 PM
  184. well,now ,the training camp roster now includes Patty Mills,as well.HMMMMMMMMMMM

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/24/2010 4:24 PM
  185. I am laughing so hard right now at the fact that we were just talking about our most hated teams and now I get to go to root against them FOR FREE
    .It's funny how I was kinda complainin this week how business wasn't as good as it should be and how I might not get to go to as many games as I wanted,but I was like,It is what it is.
    .So,all week,it was GRUELING to say the least.Still,I kept my nose to the grindstone, didn't whine about it,and BAM, a karmic gift when I got home today.Perspective is a funny thing when you get older.Anyways I feel blessed,nonetheless.

    Toodles, THE Vinster RIPCITYTIXROCKS

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/24/2010 4:49 PM
  186. if the carmelo/d.harris/kirilenko/diaw trade goes through, the nets are suddenly in need of a point guard. additionally, their roster only has one 2 guard (anthony morrow) listed. they could be in the market for rudy and patty.

    if d.j. augustin is included by the bobcats, and goes to n.j, charlotte is then in need of a pg to go along with rookie sharron collins. there's no way to know what kind of action could follow, even if it is strange for late september.

    there could be some dominoes to fall if this 4 team trade happens. any other guesses at what could follow a big trade? gm cho may be fishing for a mid/early 1st round pick. is there more out there to be had?

    by reverse on 9/24/2010 5:38 PM
  187. Couldn't we get someone to sign Eric Dampier and trade Rudy for him,He' just floating around.He IS a big body if nothing else.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/25/2010 6:31 AM
  188. If Carmelo leaves Denver,it greatly inhances our chances to go to the finals.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/25/2010 6:33 AM
  189. I wish Dale Davis would have read this.
    http://tinyurl.com/2av4c7v

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/25/2010 7:09 AM
  190. Okay i'm trying this again! it seems my last entry got caught in cyber space.

    Kassandra: you asked me to keep you posted some time ago as to the progress involing that #1 fan I like to call mom. It's awesome, Vinnie got her tickets to the Nov. 9th game and I believe MB has something up his sleeve but wont eloborate, I think he's going for the surprize effect.

    Vinnie: I can't leave a post without saying Thanks again, I cant help but think that your winning the tickets on twitter is Karma repaying a generous deed. I personally think your an awesome and generous guy (even if Kassandra does like your exwife) lol

    MB: Like it or not you've been adopted! Mom is extremely excited to say the least.

    And the rest of you: I understand the Rudy situation, but still hate to see him go. Yes his antics on occassion created some havok. But you can't take away the hussle and sparkplug effect that him and jerrad have on the team when we're in a fourth quarter slump. Still hate to see him go.

    by hdallmon on 9/25/2010 8:24 AM
  191. Okay i'm trying this again! it seems my last entry got caught in cyber space.

    Kassandra: you asked me to keep you posted some time ago as to the progress involing that #1 fan I like to call mom. It's awesome, Vinnie got her tickets to the Nov. 9th game and I believe MB has something up his sleeve but wont eloborate, I think he's going for the surprize effect.

    Vinnie: I can't leave a post without saying Thanks again, I cant help but think that your winning the tickets on twitter is Karma repaying a generous deed. I personally think your an awesome and generous guy (even if Kassandra does like your exwife) lol

    MB: Like it or not you've been adopted! Mom is extremely excited to say the least.

    And the rest of you: I understand the Rudy situation, but still hate to see him go. Yes his antics on occassion created some havok. But you can't take away the hussle and sparkplug effect that him and jerrad have on the team when we're in a fourth quarter slump. Still hate to see him go.

    by hdallmon on 9/25/2010 8:24 AM
  192. Okay i'm trying this again! it seems my last entry got caught in cyber space.

    Kassandra: you asked me to keep you posted some time ago as to the progress involing that #1 fan I like to call mom. It's awesome, Vinnie got her tickets to the Nov. 9th game and I believe MB has something up his sleeve but wont eloborate, I think he's going for the surprize effect.

    Vinnie: I can't leave a post without saying Thanks again, I cant help but think that your winning the tickets on twitter is Karma repaying a generous deed. I personally think your an awesome and generous guy (even if Kassandra does like your exwife) lol

    MB: Like it or not you've been adopted! Mom is extremely excited to say the least.

    And the rest of you: I understand the Rudy situation, but still hate to see him go. Yes his antics on occassion created some havok. But you can't take away the hussle and sparkplug effect that him and jerrad have on the team when we're in a fourth quarter slump. Still hate to see him go.

    by hdallmon on 9/25/2010 8:28 AM
  193. Okay i'm trying this again! it seems my last entry got caught in cyber space.

    Kassandra: you asked me to keep you posted some time ago as to the progress involing that #1 fan I like to call mom. It's awesome, Vinnie got her tickets to the Nov. 9th game and I believe MB has something up his sleeve but wont eloborate, I think he's going for the surprize effect.

    Vinnie: I can't leave a post without saying Thanks again, I cant help but think that your winning the tickets on twitter is Karma repaying a generous deed. I personally think your an awesome and generous guy (even if Kassandra does like your exwife) lol

    MB: Like it or not you've been adopted! Mom is extremely excited to say the least.

    And the rest of you: I understand the Rudy situation, but still hate to see him go. Yes his antics on occassion created some havok. But you can't take away the hussle and sparkplug effect that him and jerrad have on the team when we're in a fourth quarter slump. Still hate to see him go.

    by hdallmon on 9/25/2010 8:33 AM
  194. I would like all to know I only posted that once! MB your blog needs help!

    by hdallmon on 9/25/2010 8:36 AM
  195. Are you sure you only posted it once? Make sure you click "Submit" only once. Sometimes these things lag and it posts a billion messages if you keep clicking submit even if it does absolutely nothing.

    by Herr on 9/25/2010 11:36 AM
  196. hdallmon: it's wonderul to hear from you! i'm very glad your mother is going to have the opportunity to go to that game! from the sounds of it, this will be an incredibly special night for her.

    you know something, Vinnie just seems like that kind of guy to me, and i'm already curious as to what MB might add to the experience.

    so it looks like that's against detroit. at least on paper, we should come away with a win there!

    thanks for the update.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/25/2010 5:29 PM
  197. they linked some stuff that is right in my wheel-house over at BE

    nice read on the changes that gm cho is implementing:

    http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindblazersbeat/2010/09/trail_blazers_training_camp_pr.html

    interesting progression from the "jail-blazers" to the pritchard era of developing team culture and player character; to the cho era organizing and refining a winning team to take the next steps.

    also, the next step for the d-league:

    http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/09/25/allocation-rule-change-strengthens-nba-d-league-affiliate-bond/

    they need to further this process, and strengthen the d-league. every nba team should be required to have a d-league affiliate. get me an idaho stampede hat, stat. the real beauty of this would be that there would be so many more legit jobs in playing basketball for young people. i really believe there is enough basketball talent in the u.s. to support a 2nd league, especially if they played in the summer! start the d-league at the beginning of july!

    the rip city project linked marc stein's latest power rankings:

    http://ripcityproject.com/2010/09/25/blazers-ranked-11th-heading-into-training-camp/

    to quote mos def, stein, "went from selling crack to smoking it." okc at #6 ?!? please. the spurs at #7 and the jazz at #9 with the blazers at #11 ?!?!? WHAT?!? keep on sleepin' on portland suckas

    when nate calls for our starting 5 to form voltron around the middle of the season, stein will wish he'd never said that. form of blazing sword!

    by reverse on 9/25/2010 10:18 PM
  198. Travisd:
    thanks for your links--good reading.

    On subject of Stein's article .
    "Isn't Utah's center Okafor still out with an injury and maybe the trading of kilenko (sp). That will mess with their wins and losses big time.

    Denver has more problems than just Mello.

    I think most teams will figure out if they can slow down KD they can beat OKC

    Added to all that, Portland has Brandon healthy and trim and mean; LMA is healthy, more experience with added wt. and playing with Brandon that is healthy; Batum that is healed from his shoulder injury, getting experience from playing in the World Championship, he is much better with his ball movement, body movement, and handles on offense and will be back to form on D without his shoulder injury nagging him; Camby playing for the a full season; Dre with a full year of experience with the team that Star's Brandon; Jerryd coming to his own, with more experience; Matthews to help with D; help with Dante, Babbitt, Williams and Armon.

    Above all that we have Greg and Joel that are recovering nicely from their injuries and may be a little late getting back, but Camby, LMA, and Pendergraph can hold down the position until Greg and Joel are 100%, besides that Greg at less then 100% is still a big factor and isn't counted out at the start of the regular season.

    Those are big factors that will at the least make us more of a threat, providing we can stay healthy, but that is true with the rest of the division.

    Can you imagine what would happen if KD was even down with a minor injury? After playing for the USA team in the Worlds he will be fatigued and a prime candidate for injury and hitting the wall before the season has ended

    Too much speculation and it is mostly based on the performance of last year."

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/26/2010 6:15 AM
  199. TD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>OMG,Stein is an absolute MORON.Milwaukee,Chicago,Spurs,Jazz ahead of us?
    C"MON give me a break.
    PLEEEASE ALREADY,Can't wait to fire him a tweet when we are straight tearin up the league next year.

    Face it gang,We are the Rodney Dangerfield of the NBA.............NO RESPECT.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/26/2010 7:51 AM
  200. So, when I go to the game on 10-11,The only Jersey I have is a Rudy jersey.Ifwe trade him,should I still wear the jersey?I have to represent as a fan.So,should I tape over the "Fernandez" part or what?

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/26/2010 8:10 AM
  201. I really hope Melo goes to the Nets ,just to mess with the EAST.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/26/2010 8:21 AM
  202. Where can i find batum-shakalaka t shirts?Can't seem to find them online.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/26/2010 9:28 AM
  203. hg....,your'e on a link to Batum Shaka laka.Tried to search it out, found this.
    August 2010 - Portland Trail Blazers: Mike Barrett's Blog
    Rudy shirts are selling for five bucks,get 'em while they are cold! .... hg: It really isn't necessary for you to keep touting Batum to me, ...
    mikebarrettsblog.blogspot.com/2010_08_01_archive.html - Cached

    You've gone viral, my brotha:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/26/2010 9:34 AM
  204. Travis,
    Let 'em sleep! I'd rather read news of us being #11 than #2 any day. Being the underdog >>> being the team to beat.

    I really liked that article by Joe Freeman about RiCho's management style. He's definitely being careful not to bite off more than he can chew by hiring folks to take care of the odds and ends in player development and scouting. I just hope it doesn't make the organization too top-heavy, or bureaucratic.

    Two heads are better than one, but too many voices can create a din. It could be confusing to the players if say, Nate is telling them one thing and Cooper another...or was that Bayno? or Canales? or BobO? or Bickerstaff? or Medina? Furthermore, what if Paul Allen wants the skinny on new talent? Who was Cho talking to about that exciting prospect in Texas? Well, if it was college, then it's either Born or Buchanan, but was he in college? If not, then it must have been Branch or Rosenberry. Then again, maybe he was a DL guy, which means he's gotta call...who? I'd have a rough time keeping track of everybody, but then again, I don't have a degree in Sports Law from Pepperdine!

    I'm sure it will work out, but the organization has gotten a lot fatter this summer. Maybe KP was taking too much on his shoulders and working his people too hard, and this is going to be a healthier way of operating? However it shakes out, starting the season with some pickup ball is a great first step.

    by 500Dogs on 9/26/2010 9:57 AM
  205. i'm not to worried about the espn power rankings at this point. i figure they reflect espn's overall prediction for the season for us. the truth should be told as the season progresses and i'm confident we will be ranked higher. then again, i'm not too concerned with espn or other rankings. we have the talent; as long as we stay at least relatively healthy i think we'll be just fine.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/26/2010 10:27 AM
  206. hey all, i just wanted to encourage you to check this out. it's a short summary on each blazer player. i worked on this for quite a while and, while i realize there will some disagreement, i figure i'll share it with you all. it's on this site, so just click/cop and paste the link:

    http://www.iamatrailblazersfan.com/PublicProfileRoot/MyBlog/tabid/99/EntryID/1082/IamaUserID/15768/Default.aspx

    thanks

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/26/2010 10:37 AM
  207. DTV,
    Aren't you Andre Miller's biggest fan? Maybe one of his jerseys would be the way to go. Or, if you want a long term investment, you could join me in Batum's army. You know the kid's solid gold! Perhaps the best thing would be to take a chance and put your chips behind "The Armonizer". For my part, I think my next jersey will be Cunningham. If Nate McMillan has anything to say about it, that dude'll be around for awhile.

    My dad is in the same boat, and I don't know which to get him. The safe bet is a BRoy, but that's almost too easy. I might risk it all and get him an Oden, but I'm worried my dad might be cursed, considering Rudy's play last season. If that's the case, I should pick up a #12 so my guy DC can get some minutes!

    by 500Dogs on 9/26/2010 10:41 AM
  208. Vinnie:

    I don't try to sell Batum to anybody, I just like to brag about how good he is.

    I am not really sure what it is you are talking about. I do tend to talk Batum up a lot much as you do with Dre and Armonator

    hg

    by Hg on 9/27/2010 1:07 AM
  209. 500...yeah,probably Batum would be my next.Last year I tried t
    to find a Dre jersey and couldn't find one.
    hgg...Ithought it was cool that you were on the link.It wasn't a diss.

    all....remember a few days ago I mentioned getting Eric Dampier.Well, check this out.
    http://www.blazersedge.com/

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/27/2010 6:36 AM
  210. Read a tweet today that we might find out if Rudy is in town or not.We'll see

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/27/2010 6:42 AM
  211. A nice piece on the new crybaby rule.this rule will only help the Blazers since we don't do this.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/ian_thomsen/09/24/technicals/index.html

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/27/2010 6:48 AM
  212. Now that Nelly is gone,Will we have to worry about Golden State?
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Don-Nelson-quits-on-the-Warriors-Officially-th;_ylt=AgOdvsmzKMS8z2tH9vXpCrO8vLYF?urn=nba-272141

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/27/2010 7:02 AM
  213. Vinner,
    You can do a custom jersey with Miller's name and number on it. That's what I did with my Batum jersey...I also had them do it on a youth medium sized jersey so it wears like an actual tank top instead of a GoGo dress. I went to the Rose Garden fan shop and they pressed it out in 10 minutes flat. I don't know if you can get that kinda service down in The Euge, but you could probably order it online.

    by 500Dogs on 9/27/2010 12:01 PM
  214. 5Hun...thanx for the idea.

    You all won't believe it.RIPCITYTIX just sent me another personal message on Twitter and said "We're going to have to get you some more tickets,please send your Email so you can claim your tickets".What did I do to get these?
    UnFREAKINbelievable.
    Even tho i hide it with humor as a mask most the time,life has been veeeeery stressful the last month.These tickets are like little reprieves for me,right now.May the Farce be with you:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/27/2010 1:49 PM
  215. here's a question on the jersey thing. i wanted to get a jersey/sweatshirt or something to wear down at school when i watch games ans such, but i was wondering which player. i'd like to get Nicolas, but i don't think enough people would make the connection to the blazers; at least not as much as if it were Brandon. i think Brandon is great, but i'd truly prefer Nicolas. any thoughts, guys?

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 9/27/2010 3:21 PM
  216. Kass,
    The black and scarlet says it all. Besides, everybody will know who Nico is soon enough, and at that point your street cred will go through the roof. Gotta stay ahead of the tide, sistah! Think of all those movies where the hero jumps out of the building just before the blast...where would those heroes be if they had been in the thick of the crowd?

    by 500Dogs on 9/27/2010 3:47 PM
  217. d-vin,

    the warriors will be of some concern. with nellie gone, they might start to try to play defense on occasion. also, they now have a starting line-up of stephen curry, monta ellis, dorell wright, david lee and andris biedrins. they won't be world beaters, but they will win some games. they won't play great d, but will rebound and score well....

    by reverse on 9/27/2010 7:59 PM
  218. 500Dogs: thanks; i'm going to have to figure this out. i know i need a jersey. i think i'm going to start with Brandon since he's so recognizeable. this might sound bad but as i was watching the stanford game saturday with 30 of my newest friends; at one point my dorm mate and i were talking about halloween, and this guy told us we should wear jerseys cause girls look hot on jerseys! so anyway, i've got to get a jersey!

    ~ Kassandra

    ps: for those of you who haven't already, please check out my blazer blog and comment if you like:

    http://www.iamatrailblazersfan.com/PublicProfileRoot/MyBlog/tabid/99/EntryID/1082/IamaUserID/15768/Default.aspx

    by Kassandra on 9/27/2010 8:16 PM
  219. at the roundball society, they interview batum.

    he says that next summer he's going to take greg to paris.

    classic.

    also of note is how confident lamarcus sounds.

    by reverse on 9/27/2010 8:47 PM
  220. MIKE:

    GREAT COURTSIDE TONIGHT
    It was great listening to all the interviews.
    Dre was really a suprise after last year. LMA and BRoy sounds good, Nic looks healthy and Westley and JBay looks fired up.

    I will be patient about Greg and Joel.

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/27/2010 9:48 PM
  221. I sure miss having the comments delivered by email. I hope they get that fixed soon.

    Watching a Rudy video today I couldn't help but feel sorry for him. He just sounds like he's home sick. He said he doesn't want to be traded to any other team, he doesn't want to play in the NBA. One reason he said is his back lasting through a 82 season. I think it might have become more of a business rather than him having fun. I respect him for showing up though. He said he's a professional so he is honoring his contract. I hope Roy and the other players do reach out to him. I'm sure it's tough being here away from his family and friends. I think it really hurt when Sergio was traded. Anyway, I still don't want to just release him, but I can feel where he's at.

    by mgb on 9/28/2010 12:08 AM
  222. MGB:

    Dan said that the e-mail would come about the 1st of October.

    Rudy did sound sad and homesick, I just don't think dropping him is the thing to do. In a couple of years he could sign with another team and we wouldn't get any thing for him. Plus I am not to sure he is not playing the Blazer Brass by turning the fans against them.

    We have to honor our contracts and commitments and we all get homesick when away from our love ones but still carry out our task without crying all the time.

    On top of all that he can still play BB, he gets about three million and he could bring his family over from time to time.

    Anyway, although I was a Rudy fan, after last year I just don't trust him. Maybe it is because emotionally he acts like my ex-wife.

    It would be much less of a head ache to give in to him; do you think they might know and plan just that?

    Hg

    by Hg on 9/28/2010 2:36 AM
  223. LMA........prayers go out to your mom in her fight with cancer.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/28/2010 6:31 AM
  224. nice to hear GO no longer drinks alcohol or goes to clubs.Good job,now get out there and throw it down,big fella.

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/28/2010 6:37 AM
  225. I sure miss having the comments delivered by email. I hope they get that fixed soon.

    Watching a Rudy video today I couldn't help but feel sorry for him. He just sounds like he's home sick. He said he doesn't want to be traded to any other team, he doesn't want to play in the NBA. One reason he said is his back lasting through a 82 season. I think it might have become more of a business rather than him having fun. I respect him for showing up though. He said he's a professional so he is honoring his contract. I hope Roy and the other players do reach out to him. I'm sure it's tough being here away from his family and friends. I think it really hurt when Sergio was traded. Anyway, I still don't want to just release him, but I can feel where he's at.

    by mgb on 9/28/2010 12:09 PM
  226. hg,

    Thanks for the info on getting the comments by email.

    As I said in my post(twice sheesh am I the only one having their posts duplicated? It's not like they follow each other.), anyway as I said in my post(s) I wouldn't release Rudy either. So we are in agreement there. He sign his contract and he is being professional and living up to it no matter how much he whines, but it's not like he's seeking the attention any more, you know that's all the media wants to talk about as well now.

    by mgb on 9/28/2010 12:17 PM
  227. It was good to read this piece on GO.
    http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2010/09/blazers_insider_greg_odens_min.html

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/28/2010 4:20 PM
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