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  1. BlazerManiac
    Posts: 777

    Posted 02/14/2012 11:34 AM

    I was in the stands in 77 when they won their one and only championship.  That team had guys like Larry Steele, Lloyd Neal, and Johnny Davis coming off the bench that had heart and played with Tenacity because they had heart and passion for the game.  They loved to play and it showed.  I am still of the opinion that if Lloyd Neal would not have blown out his knee in the 1977-78 season, Blazers would have gone back to back.

    Ultimately the decision comes back to the players, if they want to play without heart and only collect paychecks then we will not be anything more than a First Round Playoff Exit Team. 

    This also starts at the top with Paul Allen walking his talk about putting a championship caliber team on the floor and this includes him having a GM who has control of Team Operations.  Losing Rich Cho was a huge mistake.  Paul Allen acts like Al Davis of the Raiders in a lot of respects.  I would not be surprised if he has a runner going to Nate with plays to call.

    Nate was a fabulous defensive player when he played, he stepped it in the fourth quarter in the games he played.  In the fourth quarter (crunch time) we need to have our best defensive team on the floor and all offense needs to go thru Aldridge and if he is double teamed kick it out for the shot.  Someone has to get this thru Crawford and Felton’s head.  Andre Miller understood this and that is why he was so valuable to the Blazers in the fourt quarter. 

    Nate needs to address all of these issues and Paul Allen needs to just put up the money and trust his staff to build him a winner and quit being so involved.  A great leader trusts his team to do the job.

    Get some hearts and guts Blazers or you will be nothing more than a mediocre NBA Team and playoffs will not be in the future let alone a championship.

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    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 02/14/2012 11:40 AM

    While I agree, it takes a hunger of sorts to want to win a title. Sometimes when it comes down to two teams with similar talent, it's all about who truly wants it more. Who's willing to go the extra mile? But the bigger problem I see is talent on this team. They can scrap, claw, and bite better than the rest but in professional sports, especially in a seven-game playoff series, talent normally wins out. We just need another stud to play along side LA. When we get that, then I think we can address the "hunger" issue.
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  1. D_pickett
    Posts: 726

    Posted 02/14/2012 6:50 PM

    I kind of disagree with both sides here. Not that talent doesn't win, but I think we do have talent that isn't reaching its potential.

    Maniac, I somewhat agree about heart and drive, but that is pretty rare NBA-wide. In fact, I think the Blazers have more passion than your big-market franchises, which is sad. I'm starting to fear that the Dallas victory over Miami might be the last gasp of old-school NBA passion (i.e., playing for pride). I hope I'm wrong. And I hope to see an insurgence of passionate, game-oriented players. But if this Tweeting, dramatic, team-abandoning trend continues, I will cringe to watch any NBA games, news, or anything.
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  1. BlazerManiac
    Posts: 777

    Posted 02/15/2012 11:37 AM

    Last Night was a perfect example of what I am speaking about.
    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. BDawg
    Posts: 1593

    Posted 02/23/2012 5:56 AM

    Inherent in any translpant, is an already existing piece.  This team's heart retired, leaving an empty chest cavity.  Miss you BRoy, the player AND the man.
    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. BlazerManiac
    Posts: 777

    Posted 02/23/2012 10:50 AM

    Agreed.  Bring back Patty Mills!
    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
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